Osteopaths massage, move and stretch clients' muscles and joints to improve wellbeing or help with a health issue.

Day-to-day tasks

As an osteopath you could:

  • ask clients about their health and medical history
  • look at their posture and how they walk, paying attention to their muscles, bones and joints
  • use X-rays to help with your diagnosis and plan a course of treatment
  • use gentle techniques like stretching, movement and massage
  • give clients advice on exercises to do at home, lifestyle and diet

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and how the body works
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

To become an osteopath, you'll need to complete a degree or postgraduate master's degree approved by the General Osteopathic Council.

Courses usually take 4 years full time, or you might be able to study part time over 5 years.

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