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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and hands-on treatment of joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the whole body (the musculoskeletal system). Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions mainly associated with the musculoskeletal system. You do not need to visit your GP before you visit an osteopath as they are trained to diagnose most conditions that present in primary care and either treat them or refer you to the most appropriate healthcare professional.

Osteopaths study for a minimum of four to five years to gain their degree. Osteopathy is regulated in the same way as medicine and dentistry. It is illegal to call yourself an osteopath unless you are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. The main difference between Osteopathic treatment and conventional medical treatment is that osteopathic treatment is tailored to the individual, osteopaths don't only recognise the similarities between patients complains they also recognise the differences that can contribute to cause your individual symptoms.

Hundreds of different techniques may be used depending on the condition and the patient being treated. There are two main categories of technique. "Structural" techniques which may involve manipulation of the body tissues to restore mobility and "Cranial" techniques which are more gentle and useful for more deep seated problems. Cranial techniques are generally taught at undergraduate level. However to become proficient at these techniques osteopaths usually undertake a minimum of four years post graduate training culminating in the MSCC or PG Dip OCF. Both of these qualifications have a paediatrics component and allow the osteopath to undertake safe effective care of children. Your osteopath will discuss with you what techniques are most appropriate for you. If you have any concerns about your treatment you should not be afraid to discuss them with your osteopath. They actively encourage your input. (Remember: there are many ways to skin a cat) Just as your GP may need to tailor you medication to your needs an osteopath may need to tailor a package of osteopathic treatment to you.

When you visit an osteopath for the first time they will need to ask you a lot of questions. This may include asking you about your medical history, about any previous illnesses or accidents. They may ask about your current state of health and about any medication you are currently or have been previously taking as well as the problem you are consulting them about. You may be asked to dress down to you underwear as we need to complete a thorough physical examination in order to diagnose your condition properly.

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Cranial Osteopathy Preview Part 1

In this video Tony Bryant will demonstrate how to work with the fascia of the body, the 4 diaphragms of the body, the craniosacral motion, the parietal lift, the frontal bone adjustment, a treatment for sinusitis, TMJ Correction and more..

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What Does Osteopathy Help?

Osteopathy helps these problems:-

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Who Are Our Osteopathy Therapists?

Therapists for Osteopathy in these countries:-


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Where Are Our Therapists, Whatever Their Therapy?

The lists of therapists' organisations by country are also on these pages


Find the list of therapists listed by therapy from the appropriate therapy page. For example, osteopaths from osteopathy and so on.


How to Help your Therapist

You will have certain questions that you want to ask your therapist about the natural cure and your therapist will have standard questions to ask you about yourself.

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Osteopathy Therapist Organisations

Please note that the qualifications and requirements for a therapist to be registered may vary markedly from organisation to organisation.

The home country of the organisation is listed. Although their therapist lists are likely to be limited to their own countries most will provide more information, advice, contacts and help wherever you live:-

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Osteopathy Schools

Various schools and colleges will train people to be practitioners of Osteopathy. Although their courses may be limited to their own countries some may provide international distance learning. Please check them out carefully to ensure they meet your requirements

Please email editor(at) with the name and URL of your suggestions for additional organisations.

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