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Sub-group: Manual and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy



Osteopathy is a medical discipline based on manual diagnosis and treatment of impaired movement within the human body. Impaired movement between different tissues of the body result in impaired functioning of the body, thus causing illness.Osteopathy is a combination of three things: science, art and technique, much the same way as man is a combination of mind, body and spirit.

It’s science lies in an in-depth knowledge of the human body, derived from basic medical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology etc. This knowledge allows us to practise osteopathy safely and to know when a patient should be referred to medical practitioners.

The art of osteopathy lies in understanding the patient one is dealing with. Understanding how to approach him/her in a manner that will restore balance to the body and therefore allow the body to reclaim a healthier state.

Techniques are the body of Osteopathy. They allow medical science and the artful approach towards a patient to be channelled into a manual treatment that removes the obstacles that impede normal movement.

Combine these three elements with a passion, conviction and will to help others and you have a osteopath trained by the IAO.

One of the fundamental laws in osteopathy and nature is the following: The integrity of a structure governs the function of that structure. This implies that an impeded integrity leads to an impeded function. The opposite however is also true. A loss of function results in a loss of structure. For example: A car that has lost a wheel (loss of structural integrity) won’t drive very well(loss of function). A car that has not been driven for many years (loss of function) rusts and breaks down (loss of structure). In osteopathy we go searching for these two components and restore the structure or function of the body so that good health is assured.

Online certification: No


Certificate programme

Diploma in Osteopathy 

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Osteopathy  

Master of Science in Osteopathy


Certificate Title



MSc Ost.





Special equipment required No




Andrew Taylor Still's Autobiography by Andrew Taylor Still

Integratie en Toegepaste Principes in de Osteopathie by Luc Peeters, BSc.(Hons.)Ost.Med. University of Westminster

Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy by Andrew Taylor Still

Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew Taylor Still

Research and Practice by Andrew Taylor Still

Still set : Set of 4 books by Andrew Taylor Still by Andrew Taylor Still

Strain and Counterstrain by L. Jones




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