The Institute of Osteopathy
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association's guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns, it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice.
It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.
Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are up to date. This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer, if this is helpful.
Osteopathy specializes in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
Osteopathy is a patient-centered system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts longer than subsequent appointments, to allow the osteopath adequate time to:
Initial consultation and treatment : £55
Follow up : £50
(There is a £5 surcharge for Saturday appointments)
The British School of Osteopathy
The General Osteopathic Council