Chiropractic vs Osteopathy
I’ve been lucky enough to have Chiropractic and Osteopathic treatment in the past. I’ve got friends who are Osteopaths and have been lucky enough to visit the British School of Osteopathy as well. In my view there seem to be more similarities between Chiropractic and Osteopathy than there are differences.
Obviously as a trained and registered Chiropractor I know more about Chiropractic, the research into Chiropractic and the training to be a Chiropractor than I do about Osteopathy. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to try to define or describe what Osteopathy is, or what Osteopaths do or treat. At the bottom of this page I have included the General Osteopathic Council’s definition of Osteopathy as well as the General Chiropractic Council’s definition of Chiropractic.
A friend of mine Michael Wickham D.O, N.D, M.R.N. who is an excellentOsteopath in Peacehaven (Meridian Osteopathic Clinic) summed things up quite well when he came to one of our summer Open Days:
"The two professions are a bit like twins. They are very similar from the outside but have subtle differences when you get to know them. Most of the differences between the two professions are related to our history. The treatment experience depends more on the individual Chiropractor or Osteopath you see. It is important to find someone you like and trust."
It takes a long time to become an Osteopath or Chiropractor. Both are fully regulated, insured and professional.