Osteopathic Physician and Osteopath

Osteopathy is practiced by two professional groups, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths.

Both professional groups practice independently in primary health care.

An osteopathic physician diagnoses and treats patients based both on his or her medical education/specialisation as well as osteopathic education/specialisation.

An Osteopath diagnoses and treats patients based on his or her osteopathic education. The education of an Osteopath contains OMT with parietal, visceral and cranio-sacral treatment.

Osteopathic physicians practice in close consultation with other physicians and health care providers to adjust the diagnosis and therapy according to the needs of the patient.

Osteopaths practice in close consultation with physicians and other health care providers to adjust the diagnosis and therapy according to the needs of the patient.