Osteopath

Osteopaths diagnose and treat tissue strains, stresses and dysfunctions which impede normal neural, vascular and biochemical mechanisms, and provide advice on preventing these disorders.
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    Overview

    Osteopaths diagnose and treat tissue strains, stresses and dysfunctions which impede normal neural, vascular and biochemical mechanisms, and provide advice on preventing these disorders.

    Day-to-day

    • assists and improves the function of body systems
    • plans and discusses effective management of patients' dysfunction
    • designs, reviews, monitors, assesses and evaluates treatment programmes
    • records detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments
    • uses gentle movements to treat muscles, bones and joints
    • gently changes and corrects the movement of the spine to restore movement and health
    • refers patients to specialists and liaise with other health professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress
    • educates patients, their partners, family and friends in therapeutic procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become an Osteopath

    • You need either a double degree in health science and applied science (osteopathy) or a bachelor degree in clinical sciences followed by a postgraduate qualification in osteopathy to work as an Osteopath. Most Osteopaths have postgraduate qualifications.

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    • Registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia is required.