WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of healthcare which is based on the philosophy of viewing a person as a whole. It utilises gentle, non invasive manual therapy, that aims to improve health by working on joints, ligaments and muscles so that they function together in harmony. Osteopathic treatment can help people of all ages, suffering with various musculoskeletal complaints.
In order to work as an Osteopath you must complete a 4 or 5 year Bachelor of Osteopathy (B.Ost) or Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree. Osteopathy training requires you to undertake comprehensive education in musculoskeletal health, as well as modules relating to anatomy, pathology, physiology, nutrition, and pharmacology. Training involves over 1000 clinical hours. Osteopathy is a recognised health care system, which is evidence supported, and is promoted by the NICE guidelines. All Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic council.
Whilst Osteopathy is not widely available on the NHS, it may be possible for you to claim back all or some of the cost of your treatment with your healthcare provider.