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Is a gentle, safe and non-invasive hands on approach to healthcare that has been practised for nearly 150 years.
It recognises that the body has its own self-regulating, self-healing mechanism that is constantly acting to try to maintain our bodies’ health. When something goes wrong and the body experiences dysfunction such as pain, osteopathy acts to help the body to return to self-healing by removing the obstacles to health
Osteopaths are healthcare professionals that are trained to use their hands considerately and with care to treat a patients’ symptoms. Osteopaths recognise that each individual, their particular lifestyle and that their presenting condition is unique. As such they consider this basic tenet when assessing, treating, and providing postural, work, home and exercise advice. There are many types of osteopathic techniques that are taught during training and the osteopath may use one or two, or a combination of them in order to help a person’s condition. All are non-invasive and designed to improve the function of our body and help restore health.
In 1993 legislation was passed by parliament to award Osteopathy statutory regulation under the Osteopaths Act 1993. The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was established that governs the professional education and training, conduct, and continuing professional development of all Osteopaths in the UK. Anybody calling themselves an Osteopath must be registered with GOsC.
Osteopathic training is four years full time and 5 years part time. The Schools and Colleges of Osteopathy are regulated by the governing body the GOsC to ensure a high standard of graduates. All modern courses are either Bachelors or Masters level.