Chiropratic and Osteopathy both originated from the US.
Apparently the founder of chiropractic (Dr.Palmer) studied with Dr.Still
for a period of time before beginning his own practice of medicine.
Chiropratic stems from Greek words, chiro, meaning hands, and
praktikos meaning done by. Literally translating to manual treatment.
Chiropractic medicine stresses the importance of central nervous system (spine)
in health and disease. The nervous systems is seen as the basis of all
problems. Chiropractors are more likely to be using X-rays in diagnosing
the problem. They also focus on manipulation of the spine, directly
adjusting it with rapid movements.
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy have a few similarities and differences
which are mainly found in their philosophies. Either of them do not utilize
drugs but rather manual treatment with exercises and electrotherapies.
Physiotherapists have been working with Osteopaths in various cases. The
profession has changed over the years to appreciate other treatment methods.
They maintain that they are moving towards a more holistic approach to
health and patient management.