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Treats people with back, neck and limb related injuries using massage.


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Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine that uses a 'holistic' approach, looking at each person as a whole. The osteopath aims to assist the client's health by improving the function of the muscular-skeletal system, and its effect on the nervous system.  
 
Before making a diagnosis, the osteopath will take a history of the client's problem. This will include any previous problems, a full medical history and other aspects of life, including work, leisure habits, diet and exercise.  
 
Next, the osteopath examines the client by looking at their posture and gait. They may also conduct a medical examination i.e., check reflexes, blood pressure etc. They use their hands (rather than machinery) to feel the state of the muscles, ligaments and joints of the limbs and spine.  
 
Sometimes the osteopath will recommend that the client has an X-ray taken, but usually they can start treatment on a first visit.  
 
Osteopaths pay particular attention to the effects that muscles and ligaments have on joint movement. They use 'soft tissue' techniques (a form of deep massage) as well as direct manipulation of joints to help encourage full movement and restore a normal state of function to the client's internal systems. 


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As well as having an interest in science and medicine, you will need to be sympathetic, tactful, reassuring and a good listener.  
 
Good observational skills, sound judgement, and the ability to give clear explanations and advice to clients are also required. You should be fit and healthy, as the work can often be quite strenuous as you can be on your feet for long periods of time.  
 
If you intend to be self-employed, you will need to be self-motivated and have basic business skills.


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Organisation: UCAS
  Address: Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
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Organisation: General Osteopathic Council
  Address: Osteopathy House, 176 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3LU
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Organisation: The College of Osteopaths
  Address: 13 Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, WD6 2DG
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Organisation: Osteopathic Council of Ireland
  Address: 7 Mount St. Cresent, Dublin 2
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Organisation: London School of Osteopathy
  Address: 11 Selsdon Way, Docklands, London E14 9GL
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Organisation: Irish Osteopathic Association
  Address: Regional Careers Officer, 10 Winton Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6
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Organisation: European School of Osteopathy
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