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 do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths treat a variety of common conditions including changes to posture in pregnancy; babies with colic or sleeplessness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

Is osteopathy regulated?

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is one of 13 organisations in the UK known as health and social care regulators. Each organisation oversees the health and social care professions by regulating individual professionals.

The Statutory Register of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) opened on 9 May 1998. The title “osteopath” became protected by law from 9 May 2000 when the transitional registration period ended. As a result it is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as an osteopath in the UK unless registered with the GOsC.

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.

What qualifications do osteopaths have?

Osteopaths undertake four to five-year honours degree programmes underpinned by thorough clinical training.

General Osteopathic Council

176 Tower Bridge Road

London, SE1 3LU

Tel:  +44 (0) 207 357 6655

Fax: +44 (0) 207 357 0011

Email info@osteopathy.org.uk


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