Student Enquiries

I haven’t got sciences at a higher level. Is it still worth applying?

YES! If you are keen to become an osteopath and think that you do not currently have the right qualification, you may be able to qualify for entry by attending the ESO Science Course.

What happens if I don’t meet my offer conditions?

We will not automatically reject applicants who do not meet their offer conditions . We always look at the application as a whole (taking into consideration the interview performance and the reference) and it is not just the academic ability of the individual. that counts. For this reason, please contact the ESO Admissions Department if you have not got the results we asked for.

Do you accept qualifications from overseas?

The ESO has a very diverse student body. We have students from all over the word and we are used to assessing qualifications from both Europe and the rest of the world. However, in some cases we may ask that you have the equivalence of your qualifications established via NARIC.

I am dyslexic, is this a problem?

No. During the first week of the course we test all new students for dyslexia and then provide appropriate support

Patient Enquiries

Does Treatment Hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful, though the nature of some conditions is such that some discomfort may be induced. Many techniques are extremely gentle. In devising a treatment plan, the osteopath will take into account the nature of the symptoms and also the patient’s concerns. The osteopath will not perform a technique on a patient unless the patient is happy for him/her to proceed. Some patients are anxious about the “cracking” of joints. These are known as “High Velocity Thrust” (HVT) techniques and are an effective way of mobilizing a joint that is not moving very well. Again, the osteopath will only proceed with such a technique when it is appropriate to do so and with the patient’s permission.

What Should I Expect from a Visit to an Osteopath?

Your osteopath will spend time at the initial visit taking a detailed case history. This will involve asking questions about your current symptoms, and also about your general medical history. You will usually be asked to undress to your underwear in order for the osteopath to carry out a thorough examination. This will allow a diagnosis and treatment plan to be devised tailored to your needs. Treatment can include a range of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body’s own healing process. Your osteopath will explain to you what will be involved in any treatment.

How Is Osteopathy Regulated?

The osteopathy profession, in the UK is governed by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Since 2000, the title “osteopath” has been protected by law. This means that it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as an osteopath unless registered with the GOsC. Only practitioners meeting the GOsC’s high standards of competence and safety are eligible to join the register, and they must also provide evidence of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover.

What Do Osteopaths Help Treat?

Osteopaths can help patients with a variety of conditions such as back pain, muscle spasms, sciatica, tension, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, neck pain, joint pain (such as shoulder or knee problems), arthritic conditions and sports injuries. Many osteopaths help treat patients throughout their pregnancies to help relieve the symptoms induced by altered posture and weightbearing and many also help treat children and babies. Giving a list of conditions that osteopaths help treat can sometimes give a false picture. Osteopaths treat people, not conditions, and osteopaths are able to help in many ways when a person’s function is affected by their structure, however that manifests.