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I’m frequently asked the question “What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?”.
I some times wonder “What is the difference between two Osteopaths?”.
Both Osteopathy and Chiropractic came into being in the USA in the 1880′s.
Both Chiropractic and Osteopathy use Spinal Manipulation.
Both Professions have developed more subtle forms of treatment such as Applied Kinesiology (Chiro.), Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy and Visceral Manipulation (Osteo.).
Currently, in the USA, Osteopaths are considered the same as Medical Doctors. They are very different to British Osteopaths, who still work in the traditional way, i.e. Hands on.
Chiropractors in the USA work the same way as they do in the UK.
Osteopaths train at one of 3 full time schools in and around London, doing a 4 year degree.
Chiropractors train at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, doing a 5 year Degree.
Both professions have overseas graduates working in the UK.
Differences between these two Professions can be difficult to identify.
I know members of both professions who see patients very frequently, having them pay large sums of money up front.
I also know Chiropractors and Osteopaths who are very genuine, honest and caring people. Very knowledgeable and skilled in their professions.
Interestingly, as I attend Courses, I find it pleasing to find I’m sharing my time with Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and many other people in my line of work.
Personally, if I were in Pain, and needed treatment, I would look for the best recommendation by “Word of Mouth” and not be too concerned whether they were a Chiropractor or an Osteopath.