Osteopathic diagnosis requires observation and palpation (touch) of the body. This may involve the immediate area of the complaint or distant parts of the body. This may involve your being placed in various positions on a treatment table. The degree of disrobing for diagnosis and treatment is variable among cultures and training. If unclear about the type of contact or involvement, ask for clarification at the time you call for an appointment.

How Does One Chose an Osteopathic Practitioner?

Osteopathic literature is diverse and covers 125 years of practice history. Most osteopaths should have a grounding in common osteopathic principles and techniques, however, there is variation in breadth and depth of different topics and techniques. Additionally, some are trained as full physicians, some are trained as physiotherapists. Avenues to certification or registration by governments and other regulatory bodies varies among nations.

Web based registries or directories are available for some countries; ask questions and make an informed decision.