The training undertaken is similar to that of a medical degree but with more emphasis placed on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. The strength of Osteopathy lies in the unique way a patient is assessed by an osteopath from a postural, mechanical and functional perspective and also the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient. Osteopaths use their hands and knowledge to investigate the underlying causes of pain and treat the patient using a variety of manipulative techniques.
These may include soft tissue massage, connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint articulation or high velocity thrust techniques. In 1993 osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act. This culminated in the opening of the statutory register of osteopaths by the General Osteopathic Council in May 1998.
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