What is the difference between an Osteopath, a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?
Osteopathy and Chiropractic are both originated in the same area of the United States and both use similar forms of manipulative treatment. Chiropractic tends to focus on short lever, direct spinal manipulation where Osteopathy also has a wide range of gentle articulatory and soft tissue techniques to be able to treat a wide range of patients, from the very young to the very old. In the US Osteopathy also became part of the orthodox medical system where many practitioners are family physicians. Physiotherapy largely focusses on rehabilitation, particularly postoperative and in the UK is becoming increasing hands-off using exercise prescription to treat patients. High Street physiotherpists tend to be Chartered Physiotherapists who have completed additional post-graduate training.
Introduction to Osteopathy
Medicine at the time was primitive with such substances as mercury salts and arsenic being prescribed, with terrible side-effects for the patient.
A.T. Still was quoted as saying "The Rule of the Artery Reigns Supreme". By this he meant that whether a dysfunction is caused by injury or disease, the body can provide all the substances it needs to heal itself if the blood flow and drainage of an area are restored to their natural levels. Apart from his skill in treating musculoskeletal dysfunction, Still became famous for his success in combating disease epidemics.
Still set up the first school of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri. The originator of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, is said to have worked at Still's School of Osteopathy before creating Chiropractic in 1895, in nearby Davenport, Iowa. Osteopathy has since grown worldwide, taking a different routes in America to the rest of the world.
The Profession Today
Hitchin Osteopathic Clinic, Old Park Dental Surgery, 72 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 2JT 01462 432609