Osteopathy is a manipulative treatment based on the main principle that the body is a union of physical structure (skeleton, tissues, blood vessels etc) and the way that these structures function (physiology). Osteopaths work on a holistic philosophy that the body is an integrated unit of mind, body and spirit. The belief that the body has an inherent ability to defend, repair and remodel itself is also important, as is the fact that structure and function are interrelated.
The physical treatment is applied several in ways and can involve you actively making movements, or remaining passive while the osteopath makes the movements, or manipulation by the osteopath against some form of restriction.
Patient QI’s view:
Osteopaths are sometimes qualified in other techniques such as Reiki and massage but do not often have other specialties such as nutrition, homeopathy and phytotherapy. Many osteopaths work in clinics with colleagues who are nutritionists, naturopaths etc and are used to cross referring patients. Some osteopaths make good coordinator therapists and osteopathy is a valuable therapy in an overall strategy.
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Rules Regulations and Associations
There are numerous colleges, universities, associations and regulating bodies for Manual Osteopaths worldwide, but there is no single, specific governing body or accreditation process for all. Some countries have a nationwide governing body including Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
The global umbrella organization for osteopathy is the Osteopathic International Alliance: http://wp.oialliance.org/?page_id=171
European Federation of Osteopathy: http://www.efo.eu/portal/index.php
UK: The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom: http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/
Austria: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Osteopathie http://www.oego.org
Belgium: Groupement National Représentatif des Professionnels de l'Ostéopathie/Groupering Nationaal en Representatief voor de Professionele Osteopaten http://www.gnrpo.be/
France: Registre des Ostéopathes de France http://www.osteopathie.org/
Germany Bundesverband Osteopathie : http://www.bv-osteopathie.de/
Ireland: Osteopathic Council of Ireland http://www.osteopathy.ie/
Netherlands: Nederlands Register voor Osteopathie Nederlands Register voor Osteopathie: http://osteopathie-nro.nl/ www.osteopathie.nl
Norway: Norsk Osteopat Forbund http://www.osteopati.org/
Portugal: Associação de Profissionais de Osteopatia http://www.aposteopatia.com/
Spain: Registro de osteopatas profesionales: http://www.rnoweb.com/inicio.php
Sweden: Svenska Osteopatförbundet http://www.osteopatforbundet.se/
Australian Osteopathic Association http://www.osteopathy.org.au
American Osteopathic Association: http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/advocacy/regulatory-issues/Pages/default.aspx
Manual Osteopathy and its schools are not regulated in any jurisdiction in Canada, although many of the associations listed below are trying to establish standards of practice, codes of conduct and educational requirements for their members and the profession as a whole.
Osteopathic International Alliance: http://wp.oialliance.org/
International Osteopathic Association: http://www.internationalosteopathicassociation.com/
General Osteopathic Council of Canada: http://www.osteopathcanada.com/
Canadian Federation of Manual Osteopathy: http://www.osteopathy.ca/osteopathy.html
Society for the Manual Practice of Osteopathy (BC, Canada): http://osteopathybc.ca/
National Manual Osteopathic Association (Red Deer, AB): http://www.nmos.ca/
Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists: http://osteopathyalberta.com/
Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners: http://osteopathyontario.org/