4 million consults a year – but does osteopathy really work?

OPINION

Every year, Australian osteopaths provide around 3.9 million clinical consultations.

Osteopathy is a manual therapy developed by US physician Andrew Still in the mid-1800s, and it’s recognised by the World Health Organisation as a traditional system of medicine.

Osteopaths rely on manual contact with patients for both diagnosis and treatment and employ a wide variety of therapeutic manual