Osteopathy (founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in USA) is an established internationally recognized manual medicine system of analysis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the musculoskeletal system.
Manual osteopaths (also known as tradtional osteopaths, classical osteopaths, European style osteopaths & osteopathic manual practitioners) use a variety of hands-on physical treatments. These include soft tissue techniques, osteo-articular joint mobilization, spinal manipulation, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release technique, trigger point therapy, etc. These techniques are normally employed together with exercise, dietary, and occupational advice in an attempt to help patients recover from pain, disease and injury.
European style Osteopaths do not prescribe medications or perform surgery, while American style osteopaths perform surgery and prescribe medications as well as using osteopathic techniques in managing a patient’s condition.
There are over 50 schools, colleges & universities that offer diploma or degree programs in manual osteopathy (also known as European style osteopathy, traditional osteopathy, classical osteopathy or osteopathic manual practice). Some offer a diploma in osteopathic manual practice, while others offer bachelor of science in osteopathy, master of science in osteopathy, master of osteopathy, & doctor of osteopathy.
The largest of these osteopathic schools, based in Toronto, Canada has started offering a diploma in osteopathic manual practice (DOMP) through online on-demand education in 64 cities across 32 countries. This caused the practice of manual osteopathy be expanded internationally to many countries.
There are currently many manual osteopaths working worldwide who have graduated through an online osteopathic education. So it is possible to become an osteopath by studying online osteopathy.
In most cases there is no difference between online and campus based education. In some ways the online education is even superior to the campus based because students have the ability to pause the lectures and watch any techniques over and over again.
There are countless successful manual osteopaths are practicing around the world who studied manual osteopathy through an online course. The professions of osteopathy, chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy and even medicine and dentistry have offered at one time or another correspondence courses and now more and more universities are offering online health education. There is a university in the United Kingdom that offers a postgraduate speciality program in orthopedic surgery for physicians, and there is another university in the USA that offers a master of science program in nursing to nurses. Another university in Spain offers a master of science program in athletic therapy.
With the advances in the video streaming technology students can feel they are sitting in a classroom watching the lectures. The internet has made online health education quite popular.