What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a person-centred manual therapy that aims to enable patients to respond and adapt to changing circumstances and to live well. 

At the UCO, we believe that osteopathy has the potential to help people change their lives – not only by searching for ways to manage disease, but also by helping patients to discover ways to enhance and maintain their own health and wellbeing.

A core principle of osteopathy is that wellbeing is dependent on how each person is able to function and adapt to changes in physical capability and their environment. Osteopaths are often described as treating the individual rather than the condition: when treating a patient they consider biological, psychological and social factors, instead of viewing a symptom or...

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I loved the idea of being able to work with patients both educating them and in a hands on way try to make a difference to them.

Meghan M.Ost full time student

Osteopathy as a career

For most osteopaths no two days are the same. Patients come from all walks of life with unique sets of circumstances, and for the osteopath the reward comes from understanding the individual and making a difference to their quality of life.

Many osteopaths will work in general practice, seeing a wide variety of patients ranging from office workers to fitness enthusiasts, and expectant mothers to older people, but others choose to specialise in particular fields, working with children and babies or offering dedicated care for professional sportspeople.

Osteopathy is also a great option for those seeking a flexible career. Many osteopaths choose to be self-employed and set up their own practice, allowing them to shape their career around their personal...

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You have the time and skills to change peoples lives - I do it every day - what could be better than that?

Zara Ford, graduate