What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was brought to the UK by John Martin Littlejohn in 1917. He had studied under Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, in the United States.
Osteopathy is an established, recognized system of healthcare that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. Your musculo-skeletal system is known to osteopaths as the ‘machinery of life’ and all that you do and feel is expressed through this system.
Gentle physical methods are used to discover, treat and prevent the causes of pain and ill health. Osteopaths use gentle, rhythmic manipulative techniques to harness the body’s vitality via releasing and balancing joints and tissues so that blood flow to damaged and diseased areas improves, thus providing a foundation for healing and improved health.
In addition, patients must take an active role in their recovery as there are many factors that are involved in the healing process. These may include changes in diet, lifestyle and other dis-ease building habits such as smoking and symptom suppression.
- Osteopaths in the UK are regulated by statute under the Osteopaths Act 1993
- All Osteopaths have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council
- The General Osteopathic Council sets, maintains and develops the standard of osteopathic practice and conduct
- It is an offence for anyone to describe themselves as an Osteopath and practice as such, unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council
- There are just under 4000 osteopaths on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths
The General Osteopathic Council ensures Osteopaths keep up to date by requiring them to undertake continuous professional development.