Differences between an Osteopath and Chiropractor
At the Wimbledon Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic patients often ask what's the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath. It's often very hard to receive an honest answer, as the person providing the answer is usually a Chiropractor or an Osteopath, so their response is skewed towards their profession.
Experience a patient receives when visiting an osteopath or chiropractor may not be clear cut. One pair of hands is different to another, and each clinic may have made different equipment investments. Also, in the years following their initial four to five years of training osteopaths and chiropractors may undertake the same or different post-graduate courses. e.g. some might focus on treating babies while some would concentrate more on sports injuries. The above results in the overall package of care being different or very similar depending on the individual clinicians being compared. As a Chiropractor myself I inevitably know more about the ins and outs of the Chiropractic profession than Osteopathy. While in no way considering myself or being allowed (by law) to call me; an Osteopath, I have a great deal of respect for the osteopathic profession. Below is my best attempt at a straight answer, ignoring any additional non-osteopathic / chiropractic post-graduate courses a practitioner in private practice may have taken (apologies in advance to any Osteopaths for any inaccuracies).
OVERVIEW OF OSTEOPATHY VS CHIROPRACTIC METHODS
Osteopathy and Chiropractic share a common origin from late 19th Century America with one becoming prominent in Europe and the other in North America. Chiropractic is often seen as new in Europe as Osteopathy is considered to be new in North America. The goal of both professions is to