Our team of Osteopaths bust some of the most common Osteopathy myths
Fact: There are actually 5,353 Osteopaths on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths (at 2 January 2019). Although Osteopaths practice in all countries of the United Kingdom, the greatest number are to be found in England (4,576). The rest are in Scotland (156), Wales (143), Northern Ireland (27), and outside the UK (451).
Fact: Of the 5,353 Osteopaths in the UK, 2,637 are male and 2,716 are female.
Fact: The majority of Osteopaths are aged between 31 and 50, although the profession includes all ages between 21 and 80!
Fact: Training to be an Osteopath takes 4 years full-time or 5 years part-time. There are 11 Osteopathic education institutions awarding qualifications recognised by the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year.
Fact: Around 30,000 people currently consult Osteopaths every working day!
Fact: 54% of new patients are seen within one working day after contacting their Osteopath and 95% are seen within one week.
Fact: They probably aren’t as the average initial consultation fee is £48 for a 30-minute session and the average fee for subsequent sessions is £42 (Institute of Osteopathy Membership Census 2014). Fees do of course vary across the UK depending on the Osteopath’s experience and the location of the practice.
Fact: Most private health insurance providers do cover for Osteopathic treatment. In 2007, private health insurance accounted for 10.4% of payments for Osteopathic treatment.