Chiropractic & Osteopathy

Cameron, Melainie ORCID: and French, Simon and Minter, Wayne (2009) Chiropractic & Osteopathy. In: Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence: An Allied Health Primer. University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Manila, Philippines, pp. 56-84. ISBN 978-971-506-494-1


Chiropractic and osteopathy are considered together in this chapter because these professions have similar backgrounds and educational approaches. These professionals use similar forms of evidence to inform clinical management, and have a similar research base from which to draw evidence of effectiveness of treatment. In Australia, chiropractic and osteopathy are primary contact manual therapy allied health disciplines. Chiropractors and osteopaths consult with clients who have musculoskeletal complaints, and a range of other health complaints that may have musculoskeletal manifestations. A large portion of the evidence which osteopaths and chiropractors use has been developed by a range of manual therapy professions, including professions other than osteopathy and chiropractic. Sharing research across allied health disciplines may be an efficient way to distribute evidence to inform best practice for the care of common conditions (e.g. management of acute low back pain), but all of the questions of one discipline cannot possibly be addressed by the research of another discipline. There is an increasing need for the chiropractic and osteopathic professions to adopt their own research strategies and generate research which is unique to chiropractic and osteopathic treatment philosophies.

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Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 03:51
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Uncontrolled Keywords: primary contact manual therapy allied health disciplines; chiropractic; chiropractors; osteopathy; osteopaths; musculoskeletal complaints; treatment; research; Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110401 Chiropractic
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420801 Chiropractic
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420199 Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)

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