Fulham’s Tom Jackson (Reserve Team Physiotherapist), Martin O’Connell (Physiotherapist), Chris Bull (Osteopath) and Liam Holmes (First Team Masseur)
Osteopathy is considered an alternative medicine based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopathy studies the structure and functions of the body as a system closely integrated, pursuing a balance among the neurological, musculoskeletal, circulatory and visceral structures to improve a person’s well being.
Osteopathic practice aims to restore (and maintain) a person’s body to its overall natural state of well being. This natural balance is seen as promoting the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. Osteopathic practitioners thus assess and treat the ‘whole person’, rather than just focussing on specific symptoms or illnesses.
Osteopaths through physical manipulation, massage and stretching aim to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood supply to tissues and help the body to heal. The main diseases treated are lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, problems with the pelvis, hips and legs, sport injuries, problems with posture caused by driving, work or pregnancy but also conditions not strictly related to muscle, bones and joints such as headaches, migraines, digestive disorders.
To become an osteopath you have to attend training courses that lead to a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy. Courses usually consist of four years of full-time training, five years part-time or a mixture of full or part-time. The main subjects of the course are about anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus a period of clinical training.
A-Level Entry Requirements:
240-280 UCAS Tariff Points
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