Finding a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

One question you should ask yourself before considering Osteopathic medicine is: In this age of modern medicine, where drugs are used to treat almost every conceivable disorder or dysfunction, do I have faith in a medical science that uses manual manipulations to allow the body to heal itself?

Besides that question, you should also ask questions to the Osteopaths to help you decide which doctor youd like to see. Some questions you can ask are:

    • Qualifications Osteopaths have different requirements depending on where they received their training. You should find out what qualifications each doctor has before making your decision.

    • Years in Practice Theres a good chance the more experience a doctor has, the better your results from treatment. Perhaps it might be wise to avoid using someone who just finished school.

    • Clients Seen If a DO has seen many clients, those experiences could be a benefit when treating your problem. The number of different ailments a doctor has encountered increases the chances your problem will be easily diagnosed.

    • Does the doctor have his own clinic? The owner of a clinic has more at stake. This fact will just improve your chances of getting better care.

    • Extra training Any additional training a doctor has, especially in areas related to your condition, should make that DO a more desirable choice.


There are many resources you can use to help you find a Doctor of Osteopathy. Listed below youll find several organizations that should be of assistance. Additionally, since almost everyone in the world today uses the internet for almost everything, some online sources are included.

Osteopathy Organizations in the US

The primary organization for Osteopaths in the US is the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), whose members are all licensed Osteopathic physicians in the country. This organization is considered the frontier source of information regarding the location and the qualifications of all the osteopathic physicians in the country.

If you have problems finding a doctor, the AOA can surely help. They also have access to different government organizations and a link to different groups specializing in the field. The AOA can provide you with profiles of different physicians that you can use as a reference for finding your doctor. While all this information is free, you can also ask for their consultation and service for a fee.

Osteopathy Organizations in the UK

The most prominent organization of Osteopaths across the UK is the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). They can provide you directories of individual Osteopaths near your place of residence. The BOA has been recognized for 50 years for providing excellent service to patients, as well as, guidance for members. They can provide you with quality consultation and treatment for your disorders in just a short period of time. If funds are an issue, the organization will try to help you find a DO within your budget.

Here are some additional online resources:

Osteopath Network

General Osteopathic Council

The British School of Osteopathy