Osteopathy is a highly regulated profession in the UK, governed by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is illegal for anyone to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. To qualify as an osteopath, an individual must study for four or five years of a medical based undergraduate degree which includes over 1000 hours of clinical training prior to qualification.
The General Osteopathic Council defines osteopathy as “a system of diagnosis and treatment with the main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body”.
Osteopathy is a system of healthcare whereby it is believed that poor alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structures are not only responsible for possible pain in the joints and muscles of our bodies, but may also be influential in the affliction of certain health related problems. Osteopaths treat the muscular and skeletal structures of the body with the view to rebalancing alignment of the body so as to optimize the body’s innate healing mechanisms to encourage restoration of health and function.