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A Complementary View of Health

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Health is not an absence of disease. Health is achieved when your body’s structure, emotions, and mental states are secure. These three states or triad of health, are interdependent upon each other, each state directly impacting on the others.

Where your constant low back pain begins to make you tired and irritable, we can see that your structure is having an effect on your emotional state.

When you consult with your osteopath they will more-often-than-not limit their main interest to your musculoskeletal health. A small minority of osteopaths consider the wider person and ask questions about diet and intoxicants, which for many people is very personal, and perhaps, too personal for the initial consultation. At Derby Osteopath where your progress seems less than can could be reasonably expected, given your age, history of participation in sports, career history, medical history and medication consumption, then the wider person may be considered to shed further light upon your pain.

About osteopathy in the UK: 

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This page provides statistics relating to osteopaths and osteopathic practice.

Osteopathic profession

  • There are 5,312 osteopaths on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths (at 4 December 2017). Of these, 2,618 are male and 2,694 are female.
  • The majority of osteopaths are aged between 31 and 50, although the profession includes all ages between 21 and 70.
  • Although osteopaths practice in all corners of the United Kingdom, the greatest number are to be found in England (4,535). The rest are in Scotland (158), Wales (143), Northern Ireland (25), and outside the UK (451).

Osteopathic training and professional development

  • Training to be an osteopath takes 4 years full-time or 5 years part-time. There are 11 osteopathic education institutions awarding qualifications recognized by the General Osteopathic Council.
  • Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year. Now this is 90 hours across a 3 year cycle.

Osteopathic patients

  • Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day.
  • 54% of new patients are seen within one working day after contacting the osteopath; 95% are seen within one week.

Osteopathic treatment

  • Most osteopaths work in private practice. The average initial consultation fee is £48 for a 30-minute session and the average fee for subsequent sessions is £42 (Institute of Osteopathy Membership Census 2014) but fees do vary across the UK depending on the osteopath’s experience and the location of the practice.
  • Osteopathy remains principally a form of private healthcare with more than 80% of patients funding their own treatment.
  • Most major private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment. In 2007, private health insurance accounted for 10.4% of payments for osteopathic treatment.
  • Public opinion surveys show that 88% of respondents feel the NHS should provide osteopathic treatment, or believe that it is already doing so.

Sources: Statutory Register of Osteopaths; the GOsC Public Awareness Survey (2006) and the GOsC Osteopathic Practice Survey – Pilot Study (2006-07).