How to Become an Osteopath

Become an Osteopath

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become an osteopath and what qualities and education you need to become a qualified osteopath.

What Does an Osteopath Do?

An osteopath works with individuals to assist them in developing bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints that work efficiently together.  To a achieve this you be hands on, assisting them by using techniques such as joint manipulation and massage. 

As an osteopath, it is highly likely that you will be self-employed and see people in your own consulting room, or their own home.  This allows for flexible working, but you might also need to work evenings and weekends in order to fit in with your clients.

On a day to day basis, you would find yourself meeting with clients and discussing their health issues, using various methods to diagnose the problem, using techniques, such as deep tissue massage, to alleviate pain, advising clients on how to deal with their health issue and referring clients to their GP when necessary.

Is Becoming an Osteopath Right For Me?

To become an Osteopath you will need the following skills:

  • An excellent knowledge of biology.
  • Good communication skills.
  • The ability to make people feel at ease.
  • A good level of physical ability.
  • Observation skills.

How Much Can an Osteopath Earn?

Most osteopaths charge between £35 and £50 for a half an hour session.  Your costs and tax will come out of this as you would be self-employed.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become an Osteopath?

You will need to complete a relevant degree or postgraduate degree to become an Osteopath.  Before you can start practising you also need to register with the General Osteopath Council.