The first South African osteopathic regulatory Act was passed in 1974; as the Homeopaths, Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Herbalists Act, 1974. Ironically, this is exactly 100 years since Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in the USA.
The Allied Health Professions Act, of 1982 was passed and the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) was established in order to control all allied health professions, which includes Osteopathy.
Osteopathic associations promote the development and progression of osteopathic medicine and serve as a professional society for osteopaths.
There is large scope for Osteopathic medicine in Africa to grow. The Osteopathic Association of South Africa is the professional body representing osteopathy in South Africa. Members of the Association all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. At this time there is no available training for osteopaths in South Africa. The training is of an exceptionally high standard and osteopathic practitioners graduate after four to six years of training and education.
Osteopaths practicing in South Africa all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa. Practitioners who do not meet these standards are not permitted to practice Osteopathy or claim to be an osteopath in South Africa.
Please be aware that some terms such as osteopractic, osteomyology and myosteopractic etc do exist but essentially this is not osteopathy.
- Australia Australian Osteopathic Association
- Baltic States Baltic Osteopathic Association
- Canadian Osteopathic Association
- International Osteopathic International Alliance
- International World Osteopathic Health Organisation
- Israel Israeli Osteopathic Association
- New Zealand The Osteopathic Society of New Zealand
- South Africa Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa
- United Kingdom The British Osteopathic Association
- United States of America American Osteopathic Association
Osteopathic Registers And Governing Bodies
- Belgium Belgian Register of Osteopaths
- Europe The European Register of Professional Osteopaths
- Europe uorpean Federation of Osteopaths
- Germany German Academy for Osteopathy Practitioner Directories
- Germany German Register of Osteopathy Practitioners
- Greece Greek Register of Osteopaths
- Italy Italian Register of Osteopaths Practitioner Listings
- Netherlands Netherlands Society of Osteopathy Practitioner Databases
- New Zealand The Osteopathic Council of New Zealand
- United Kingdom General Osteopathic Council
Osteopathic Journals And Clinical Research
- A. T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine Journals
- The Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy
- International College for Research on Equine (Horse) Osteopathy
- International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
- The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
- The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy
- The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
- Meridian Institute
- The Official Journal of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia
- Osteopathic Medicine and primary care
- Scientific European Federation of Osteopaths
- Argentina Buenas Aires School of Osteopathy
- Austria Vienna School of Osteopathy
- Australia The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Australia Victoria University
- Australia University of Western Sydney
- Belgium. Flanders International College of Osteopathy
- Canada Canadian College of Osteopathy
- Canada Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Studies
- France Conservatoire Supérieur Ostéopathique Français
- France International College of Osteopathy
- France European Center of Osteopathic Education
- France Still Academy
- France French Colleges of Osteopathy
- Germany Still Academy
- Germany Osteopathy Academy of Munich
- Germany European College for Osteopathy
- Germany German School of Osteopathy
- Netherlands Netherlands International Academy of Osteopathy
- Netherlands College Sutherland
- Norway Nordic Academy of Osteoapthy
- Poland Polish School of Osteopathy
- Russia Russian School of Osteopathic Medicine
- Spain Madrid School of Osteopathy
- Sweden Scandinavian School of Osteopathy
- Switzerland Swiss School of Osteopathy
- United Kingdom British school of osteopathy
- United Kingdom British College of Osteopathic Medicine
- United Kingdom European school of osteopathy
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Baum, M Prof., Concepts of holism in orthodox and alternative medicine. British Osteopathic Journal 1992 Vol vii: 12-66
Bayliss, R.l., The National Health Service versus private and complementary medicine.British Medical Journal 21 May 1988, 296, 1457-9.
British Medical Association.Complementary Medicine: New Approaches to Good Practice 0UP, 1993. 615.5
Budd, C., A model of co-operation between complementary and allopathic medicine in a primary care setting. British Journal of General Practice 1990, 40, 376-8. x615.5
Burns. K. & Lyttleton, L.K., Osteopathy on the NHS: one practice’s experience. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 1994, 2, 200-3
Burns. K. & Lyttleton, L.K., Osteopathy in General Practice British Journal of General Practice February and June 1993: 284
Cameron-Blackie, G. and Mouncer, Y.
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The comparison of the results of manual therapy versus Physiotherapy methods used in the treatment of patients with low back pain. Manual Medicine 1984 4:44-46
MacDonald, R.S. Dr., An open controlled assessment of osteopathic manipulation in non-specific low back pain. Spine 1990 15(5): 364-370
MacDonald, R.S. Dr., Osteopathic diagnosis of back pain. Manual Medicine 1988 3:110-113
Peters, D. et al, Musculoskeletal clinic in general practice: Study of one year’s referrals.British Journal of General Practice 1994, 44, 25-9. X615.533
Pringle, M. & Tyreman, S., Study of 500 patients attending an osteopathic practice. British Journal of General Practice January 1993, 43, 15-8, x615.533
Reason, P., Towards a clinical framework for collaboration between general and complementary practitioners; Discussion paper. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine March 1992, 85, 3, 161-4
Stodolny, J., Manual therapy in the treatment of patients with cervical migraine. Manual Medicine 1989 4(2): 49-51
Szmelskyj, A.O. and Morris, J., An investigation into GP’s attitudes to and knowledge of osteopathy. Complementary Medical Research October 1992,6,3,119-24
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Specific Osteopathic Research Undertaken With Control Groups
Boesler D. et al. Efficacy of high-velocity low-amplitude manipulative Technique in subjects with low-back pain during menstrual cramping.
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 1993, 93, 2, 203-8 & 213-4.
Burton, A.K. & Getty, C.J.M. Differences between ‘orthopaedic’ and ‘osteopathic’ patients with low back trouble – implications for selecting patients for rehabilitation.
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Ellestad, S.M. Electromyographic and skin resistance responses to osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association August 1988, 88, 8, 991-7.
Macdonald, R.S. & Bell, C.M.J. An open controlled assessment of osteopathic manipulation in non-specific low-back pain. Spine May 1990, 15, 5, 364-70.