What is osteopathy?

It may not be as well known as some other forms of healthcare, but osteopathy has an important role to play in helping people to manage their health and wellbeing.  It is one of 14 Allied Health Professions recognised by the NHS in England and offers a flexible and rewarding career for those interested in supporting the health of others.

So what do osteopaths do?

It is often said that osteopaths treat people, not problems. This is because they take a holistic approach to healthcare, looking beyond just the physical symptoms of a condition, to promote the long-term health of patients.

Osteopaths consider the biological, psychological, and social factors that cause ill health and...

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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 Reed, full-time M.Ost 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, UCO graduate