According to the General Osteopathic Council "Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living."
What sort of problems do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths are probably best known for their treatment of back pain. However they treat a variety of conditions including postural problems, repetitive strain injury, pregnancy and babies. As many sports injuries are muscle and joint related then Osteopaths can be particularly effective in treating sports injuries.
What techniques do Osteopaths use?
A variety of techniques are used, most predominantly spinal and joint manipulation and massage.
How is Osteopathy regulated?
In the UK, the General Osteopathic Council is charged with regulating Osteopathy. It is a criminal offence for someone to call themselves and Osteopath if they are not registered with the General Osteopathic Council. The GOsC regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a Statutory Register of those entitled to practise osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the high standards of safety and competency are eligible to join this register. Proof of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover is also a requirement.
How long do Osteopaths train?
Osteopaths will normally do a 4 or 5 year Honours degree course with clinical experience.
General Osteopathy Links:
General Osteopathic Council - the regulating body of Osteopaths in the UK