Profession osteopath

Osteopaths diagnose, treat and prevent illness, disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments and maintain general health in humans through manual therapy.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Social / Realistic
  • Conventional / Social

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Knowledge

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Health care occupation-specific ethics

    The moral standards and procedures, ethical questions and obligations specific to occupations in a health care setting such as respect for human dignity, self-determination, informed consent and patient confidentiality.

  • Therapeutic massage

    Massage techniques used to relieve pain and alleviate other symptoms associated with a number of different medical conditions.

  • Osteopathy

    The type of alternative medicine which manipulates the body`s muscle tissues, joints and bones.

  • Musculoskeletal anatomy

    The human musculoskeletal system, comprising of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together. The human musculoskeletal system's primary functions, such as supporting the body, allowing motion, and protecting vital organs.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

Skills

  • Conduct gross examination of tissues

    Examine the diseased tissues with the naked eye, or with the help of a magnifying glass or stereo microscope.

  • Provide osteopathic diagnosis

    Provide a diagnosis and an inter-disciplinary or osteopathic treatment/management plan by performing an interview, working with patients to identify physical problems and difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or aging and by performing an examination.

  • Apply deep tissue massage

    Apply precise techniques and pressures to bring changes to specific tissue layers in the body.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Record healthcare users' progress related to treatment

    Record the healthcare user's progress in response to treatment by observing, listening and measuring outcomes.

  • Contribute to the rehabilitation process

    Contribute to the rehabilitation process to enhance activity, functioning and participation using a person-centered and evidence-based approach.

  • Develop therapeutic relationships

    Maintain the individual therapeutic relationship to engage the individual's innate healing capacities, to achieve active collaboration in the health education and healing process and to maximise the potential of healthy change.

  • Develop osteopathic treatment plans

    Develop new osteopathic treatment plans and review existing components such as osteopathic manual therapy, manual therapy of soft tissue and other tissue, therapeutic range of motion, therapeutic rehabilitative exercise and the application of technological equipment (ultrasound, traction, electrical and light modalities).

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Follow-up on healthcare users' treatment

    Review and evaluate the progress of the prescribed treatment, taking further decisions with the healthcare users and their carers.

  • Apply person-centred care

    Treat individuals as partners in planning, developing and assessing care, to make sure it is appropriate for their needs. Put them and their caregivers at the heart of all decisions.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Undertake healthcare examination

    Assess the healthcare user's physical state, taking detailed information on previous injuries, surgery, general health, resources and lifestyle into account.

  • Monitor patients' progress related to treatment

    Observe and report on healthcare users' response to medical treatment, monitoring their progress or decay on a daily basis and modifying the treatment procedures whenever necessary.

  • Prescribe treatment for musculoskeletal injuries

    Prescribe non-invasive procedures for injuries, immobilising fractured bones with the use of braces, splints, and casts and recommending therapeutic exercises, medication and nutritional supplements.

  • Diagnose musculoskeletal conditions

    Identify the patient`s orthopaedic injuries such as fractures, dislocations, torn ligaments, sprains, and strains, tendon injuries, pulled muscles, ruptured disks, sciatica, low back pain, and scoliosis, arthritis and osteoporosis, bone tumours, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, club foot and unequal leg length, abnormalities of the fingers and toes and growth abnormalities.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Maintain treatment records

    Keep accurate records and file reports related to the prescribed treatment or medication.

Optional knowledge and skills

food science pharmacology interact with healthcare users obtain healthcare user's medical status information create a diet plan kinetics endocrinology first aid orthopaedics conduct physical examinations human anatomy biomechanics advise patients on health and lifestyle issues refer healthcare users general medicine neurology collect healthcare user's general data take and analyse blood pressure promote exercise programmes advise on healthy lifestyles dietetics human physiology

Common job titles

  • Osteopathy/massage therapy/homeopathy
  • Family practice md or osteopath
  • Nj licensed medical doctor/osteopath
  • Sonographer ii registered, prn
  • Massage therapy instructor
  • Ultrasound technologist (rdms)
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician - family & preventive medicine