Osteopathy is a distinct system of Manual Medicine which focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Many osteopaths typically treat conditions of the back, neck, spine and joints.
It is widely practised throughout the UK and the rest of Europe, with an estimated 30,000 patients seeing an Osteopath in the UK every working day (source: General Osteopathic Council website http://www.osteopathy.org.uk)
An Osteopath takes into consideration all aspects of the person’s health. A thorough history is taken on first assessment and a plan of treatment is discussed with the patient.
Treatment may include joint manipulation, soft tissue mobilisation and stretching and myofascial release techniques.
An Osteopath typically trains at graduate level for a minimum of 4 years and is highly trained in differential diagnosis, meaning that it is safe to visit an Osteopath without a Doctor’s referral. Keeping your GP updated about your health is however always recommended.
Osteopaths need to be registered in order to practice legally in Malta. You can check the register by contacting the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 21255538.