Who Practices Osteopathy?
The osteopathic profession has evolved into two groups: osteopathic manual practitioners and osteopathic physicians.
Osteopathic manual practitioners have extensive training in traditional manual osteopathic practice. They assess and treat patients using primarily manual techniques. They are not physicians.
The training required to become an osteopathic manual practitioner is available in many countries including Canada, European countries, Russia, Australia, Greece, Israel, Scandinavia, and New Zealand.
In the US some physical therapists and massage therapists study traditional osteopathic techniques.
Osteopathic Physicians are graduates of an Osteopathic Medical School or College, approved by the American Osteopathic Association, and receive a Doctor of Osteopathy degree (DO) in the US. The DO degree is equivalent to an MD degree. A small percentage of DO’s practice manual therapy. Most function in the same way as MD’s and do not practice manual therapy.
How is Osteopathy different from other manual approaches?
It is unique in its clinical methodology, which classifies restrictions in order of severity and detrimental effect on the body. The restrictions are released starting with the most severe. As the tightest “knots” are untied, the body’s own healing mechanisms are facilitated, and lesser restrictions may melt away on their own!
(What is Osteopathy)