We are often asked how one goes about training to be an Osteopath
By law, anybody using the name Osteopath has to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practice in the UK.
What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths’ patients include; the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.
Training courses which are recognised by the GOsC, are of degree level and take about four or five years to complete. ( BSc Hons, BOst or BOstMed) or a masters degree (MOst).
Osteopathy courses can be full or part time and there are also courses with accelerated pathways for doctors and physiotherapists.
The Osteopathy degree course includes; anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus at least 1,000 hours of clinical training.
Recognised Osteopathic Schools
British College of Osteopathic Medicine
The British School of Osteopathy
College of Osteopaths validated by Middlesex University
College of Osteopaths validated by Keele University
European School of Osteopathy
Leeds Metropolitan University
London College of Osteopathic Medicine (qualified medical doctors)
London School of Osteopathy
Oxford Brookes University
Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine