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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:
They use a range of techniques, but not drugs or surgery.
In the UK, osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law.
Although osteopaths may use some conventional medical techniques, the use of osteopathy isn't always based on scientific evidence.
Both physiotherapy and osteopathy are undergraduate degrees (BSc Hons) studied at a university.
Physiotherapy is usually a 3-year degree and osteopathy a 4-year degree. Both degrees cover all the core subjects you would expect in the first few years; anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology. As part of the degree, students’ complete clinical placements where they assess and treat real clients, providing the student essential experience in a clinic setting assessing, diagnosing and treating clients under the supervision of experienced, qualified clinicians.
Physiotherapists gain their experience in the NHS and osteopaths in a private teaching clinic affiliated with the university.
One of the key differences between the two degrees is the breadth of the medical conditions the clinician would be exposed to and expected to treat. As part of their university course physiotherapists attend work placements to put their skills into place and treat real patients. These are often in an NHS settings, hospitals, hospices, GP practices etc… and so work in a wide variety of health settings and treat a broad range of physical problems associated with different ‘systems’ of the body. Physiotherapists treat respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. I believe this provides physiotherapists with an excellent foundation and range to their knowledge and skills.
Osteopaths also have clinical placements as part of their university course, however this is often a ‘private practice’ teaching clinic. Most patients will attend due to musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries e.g. neck and back pain. This exposes the osteopathy students to a narrower breadth of injuries and complaints during their training.
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