In Summary - Osteopath
The Work - Osteopath
Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine that uses a 'holistic' approach, looking at each person as a whole. The osteopath aims to assist the client's health by improving the function of the muscular-skeletal system, and its effect on the nervous system.
Before making a diagnosis, the osteopath will take a history of the client's problem. This will include any previous problems, a full medical history and other aspects of life, including work, leisure habits, diet and exercise.
Next, the osteopath examines the client by looking at their posture and gait. They may also conduct a medical examination i.e., check reflexes, blood pressure etc. They use their hands (rather than machinery) to feel the state of the muscles, ligaments and joints of the limbs and spine.
Sometimes the osteopath will recommend that the client has an X-ray taken, but usually they can start treatment on a first visit.
Osteopaths pay particular attention to the effects that muscles and ligaments have on joint movement. They use 'soft tissue' techniques (a form of deep massage) as well as direct manipulation of joints to help encourage full movement and restore a normal state of function to the client's internal systems.
Interests - Osteopath
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
As well as having an interest in science and medicine, you will need to be sympathetic, tactful, reassuring and a good listener.
Good observational skills, sound judgement, and the ability to give clear explanations and advice to clients are also required. You should be fit and healthy, as the work can often be quite strenuous as you can be on your feet for long periods of time.
If you intend to be self-employed, you will need to be self-motivated and have basic business skills.
Entry Requirements - Osteopath
Pay & Salary - Osteopath
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 30k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Osteopath
General Osteopathic Council
The College of Osteopaths
Osteopathic Council of Ireland
London School of Osteopathy
Irish Osteopathic Association
European School of Osteopathy