Osteopathy

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of health care that relies upon looking at health and illness in a unique three dimensional manner whilst respecting and integrating much of orthodox or reductionist medicine skills. Osteopathy examines the evolution of health, illness and disease utilising precipitating, predisposing and aggravating factors, employing reductionism but from a wholistic perspective. The treatment, which is ‘hands on’ is patient centered and relies on touch and palpation using techniques that have been refined over the last one and a half centuries.

Osteopathy is one of only two complementary therapies in the UK regulated by law.

Osteopaths are statutorily regulated in the UK, the Statutory Register of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) opened on 9 May 1998. The title “osteopath” became protected by law from 9 May 2000. As a result it is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as an osteopath in the UK unless registered with the GOsC. Michael was one of the first Osteopaths in the UK to gain registration to the GOsC and maintains his full licence and professional insurance. Whilst obliged to complete 30 hours a year for his continuing professional Development, he averages in excess of 300.

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