Shadowing a DoctorApril 10, 2015
Osteopathy is a holistic form of therapy that focuses on adjusting a person’s natural bodily balance by manipulating and mobilising various joints, ligaments, tendons and other parts of the body.
Job Description of an Osteopath
Osteopaths treat their patients by stimulating different areas of the body using a wide range of physical techniques such as touching, stretching and massaging. The aim of these techniques is to increase the blood flow to the different parts of the body. Osteopaths also dispense advice about lifestyle changes and dietary habits and generally encourage their patients to lead healthier lives. Patients could range from new born children to senior citizens.
Most osteopaths are self-employed. This gives them a lot of freedom with their practice. It also means that they need to be very skilled in other areas of business and management in order to run their practice successfully. Others who wish to work in more structured settings could opt to work in sports facilities, healthcare centres and pharmacies.
Osteopathic education is typically undertaken at degree level. This is usually a 4 to 5 year degree course that can be studied full-time or part-time. If you are already a qualified doctor or a physiotherapist, it is possible to take an accelerated course in osteopathy.
The curriculum combines academic, clinical and practical education, which includes various elements of anatomy, biology, pathology, pharmacology and biomechanics along with over 1000 hours of clinical training. Tuition fees for the courses can vary widely between institutions.
Career Opportunities as an Osteopath
Like all other medical related professions, there are various career opportunities for those who get into the field of osteopathy. As a private practitioner, growth in this field would be based purely on your individual skills as an osteopath and the way
If you do not wish to work as a practicing osteopath, you could choose to get into the research or teaching field. Researchers can get into specific areas of the subject and look for opportunities at universities, pharmaceutical companies, etc. Professionals who wish to get into academia can look for jobs in osteopathic training schools.
The exact salary of an osteopath is difficult to estimate since most people in this profession choose to work independently and therefore their salaries are not fixed. The salary expectation for an osteopath will also vary based on a number of factors like how many hours they choose to work a day, the area in which they are situated, whether they take weekends off, how good their advertising and marketing skills are, competition in the area, etc.
Most osteopaths charge their clients anywhere between £30 and £50 for a single appointment which would usually last for around half an hour. Most in this profession prefer to have a good work life balance so that they can schedule their appointments in such a way that they have enough time for other activities.
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