Osteopathy is a manual diagnostic and therapeutic approach for functional disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system.
“Osteopathy is a manual diagnostic* and therapeutic approach for medical conditions. It is used as a first-line treatment for patients with musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system disorders. For other conditions, osteopathy can only be offered as a second-line treatment.”
*“diagnostic” here refers to a working hypothesis in the diagnostic process
SOURCE: Belgian Chamber of Osteopathy (opinion K2)
Osteopath, DO, is a title indicating that the practitioner is a qualified osteopath who has completed more than 1,500 hours of training over five years, followed by a thesis.
In Europe, this title is recognised as a gauge of quality and expertise.
It is used by practitioners to distinguish themselves from other professionals and to indicate to patients whether their chosen osteopath respects the principles established by the discipline’s founder.