How to Find a Qualified Osteopath

Anatomically, bones and muscles (musculo-skeletal system) perform a important function of supporting the other body organs, and giving the body its form. Sometimes this system becomes misaligned and fails to work properly, and this can cause a range of problems like aches and pains, digestive disorders and others, which can lead to depression and/or general ill-health.

An osteopath investigates and works on the causes of such problems, which sometimes originate in the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopathy is an holistic therapy that uses a series of gentle, manipulative movements and pressure to release tension in the body and align the bones, joints and muscles correctly. It eliminates the underlying causes of various aches in the body, and improves the overall functioning of body organs. The treatment is suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.

Osteopathy has blossomed in popularity recently years, and numerous people have used it to successfully treat problems like lower back pain, migraine, neck and joint pain and fatigue, among many others. If you are a resident of Brisbane who has sought treatment for these types of problems without success, consider consulting an osteopath in your area. Search the internet for ”Osteopaths Brisbane”. Alternately, you can check the Yellow Pages under the section Osteopaths Brisbane. Whatever method you use, you will get a comprehensive list of qualified, registered practitioners to choose from. Remember, look for Osteopaths Brisbane when you search online or in Yellow Pages.

Once you make an appointment with an osteopath, you will receive a consultation session that will last about 30 minutes or so. The osteopath will inquire about your medical history, lifestyle, work, emotional health and so on. Generally, the number of visits to the osteopath or length of treatment depends on the problem, and the treatment is suited to each person’s needs. Simpler problems will require fewer sessions. More complex cases will require indefinite long-term treatment.

Osteopathy offers a rewarding career to those who like helping patients lead healthier lives. It is a growing form of therapy, and with demand for osteopathy services increasing, the profession is set to offer increasing opportunities and good career prospects for those who choose to study it. To qualify as an osteopath, one is required to complete a four to five-year full-time programme successfully after which one is eligible for registration with the State Registration Board. A three-year degree in clinical science can be chosen, that is followed by a two-year Master in Health Science or a degree in Applied Science and Osteopathic Science.

Training varies with different institutions, however, the undergraduate program includes most of the supervised clinical courses taught in medicine, as well as other osteopathic subjects. The difference with osteopathy is that there is less surgery, pharmacology and biochemistry focus, and more emphasis on hands-on training. Those who qualify as osteopaths must complete at least 30 hours of postgraduate training each year.