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What is Osteopathy?

Tom Kilner - Animal Osteopath Wiltshire
What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual therapy not dissimilar to physiotherapy but with a greater emphasis on quality of soft tissue and joint mobility, and overall function of the body, rather than just the immediate symptoms.

Osteopath is a protected term, and to use it somebody has to have passed a four or five year, bachelor of science (now MSc – since 2012) degree course in osteopathy and continue to fulfill continuous professional development criteria on an annual basis.

It originated in America in the 1890’s as an alternative to the conventional medical approach, which at the time was fairly ineffective and tended to do more harm than good.

For more information on osteopathy, visit the website of the General Osteopathic Council our governing body. Or the Institute of Osteopathy  our representative professional body.

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