What Is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a primary care medicine; it sits complimentarily among other medical practices that
work hand in hand. Almost anyone if suitable for Osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy managed a
wide range of problems ranging from musculoskeletal, digestive, neuromotor etc. Osteopaths work
through the neuro-muscoloskeletal system, where they focus in attaining health through gentle
manipulations and mobilizations of soft tissues, muscles, joints and fascia. There approach is
completely holistic and patient- centered.

What makes Osteopathy different?

The pivoting point of Osteopathy is that the body is an integrated and whole organism. It works
together as one rather than segmentally. The body contains a self-healing mechanism, which can be
utilized as part of the treatment. The patient treatment revolves around a triad of bio-psychosocial,
biochemical and biomechanical factors.

How are patients diagnosed?

The key to an Osteopathic diagnosis involves listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles
and joints and observing movements. At times other tests can also be required such as X-Ray, MRI
etc. Treatments are done using gentle techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation
and manipulations.

How long does it take to study for a career in Osteopathy?

Osteopaths study for 4-5 years on a degree programmed similar to a medical degree but the
emphasis is on the anatomy and muscolu-skeletal medicine. The training includes intense and depth
study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopaedics, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics.
The clinical training with patients is based on more than 1000 hours of clinical practice.
All Osteopaths have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order call themselves
Osteopaths and practice as one. Patients can self refer themselves to Osteopaths or they can be
referred to by GP’s.


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