What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual treatment which aims to restore and maintain the function of the musculo-skeletal system as far as is possible. It is a holistic approach which takes into account the functioning of the whole body and its inter-relations.

We believe that structure governs function and vice versa. If the body is compromised structurally then it cannot hope to function usefully and if the body is not used correctly then it will affect the structure over time. Osteopaths believe that as well as being self-regulating it is also self-healing given the right conditions. A tissue is only as good as its blood and nerve supply. It also requires good drainage.

Training and Regulation

Osteopathic training courses are four or five years and result in an undergraduate degree or higher. They include thorough teaching of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, interpretation of clinical tests and imaging, psychology, sociology and more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice. The four year course at the British School of Osteopathy is now accredited as an MSc. There are several other colleges throughout the country also offering accredited degree courses in osteopathy.

Osteopathy is recognized as a discreet clinical discipline in its own right by the British Medical Association. Many GP�s and Consultants refer patients to Registered Osteopaths.

It is a legal requirement for anyone claiming to be an osteopath to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council- a statutory body set up by act of parliament in 1993 in order to protect the General Public.

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