What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of primary healthcare that uses manual ‘hands-on’ treatment techniques to treat disorders originating from the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. It recognises that the human body is a single functional unit where the component parts work together to achieve function, mobility and health.
Osteopathy is an integrative system of healthcare and does not follow the reductionist model of simply treating the part that hurts or over-simplifying it to a single tissue diagnosis to provide short term symptomatic relief. Osteopathy relies upon the use of causation based diagnosis and treatment i.e. TREAT THE CAUSE, NOT THE SYMPTOMS.
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Is Osteopathy new?
No, Osteopathy was developed in the 1870’s by a pioneering American Doctor called Andrew Taylor-Still. Dr. Still realized that the human body has a remarkable ability to recover from dysfunction and disease but on occasion requires ‘intervention’ to direct and promote the recovery process. Osteopathy predates both Chiropractic and modern Physiotherapy in it’s origin.
Why have I not heard of Osteopathy before?
Osteopathy is a very small profession in South Africa. Currently there are only 51 Osteopaths registered in South Africa and only about half of that number are still in practice here. In addition, there are no teaching institutions in South Africa which provide under-graduate Osteopathic education. Most practicing Osteopaths in South Africa have attained their qualifications overseas, most in the United Kingdom. The U.K. has almost 4000 registered Osteopaths.
Is Osteopathy regulated in South Africa?
Osteopathy is a legally protected profession in South Africa. This means that registered Osteopaths are required to meet qualification levels determined by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. In addition, all Osteopaths are required to maintain their registration with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. All of the Osteopaths practiscing at Cape Town Osteopaths have been trained in the United Kingdom and hold current registration with the AHPCSA.
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