How to become an Osteopath

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Osteopaths are complementary practitioners who provide treatment for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, including back pain, arthritis, sports injuries and problems with posture. Osteopathic treatment involves the use of touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and help the body's own healing mechanisms. Most osteopaths also provide general advice and suggest exercises to promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Some osteopaths provide treatment to alleviate the symptoms of non-musculoskeletal conditions such as headache and migraine, digestive disorders and colic, and supply orthoses (medical devices that are fitted to an existing body part).

Osteopathy is a regulated profession and it is illegal to practise under the title osteopath without being registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Most osteopaths run private practices, but some also receive referrals and contract work through the NHS.

This profile provides information about starting up and practising as an osteopath. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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