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More and more countries are creating a legal framework for osteopathy

2018/08/08

In recent months, we have been able to add the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland to the list of countries that have recognised the importance of such legal recognition, for which there are several strong arguments:

  • Firstly, the protection of the patient;
  • Secondly, is the patient, literally and figuratively, in good hands when looking for someone who is pretending to be an osteopath;
  • Thirdly, does the osteopath have a Master's degree in osteopathy or not?

Policy people also realise now that osteopathy is not only a social phenomenon that will never disappear, but that osteopathy also adds to the people's wellfare. Osteopaths solve certain functional problems in an inexpensive and safe way, reducing the duration of the incapacity for work, and the patient has to take less or no medication.

Giving osteopathy a legal framework is not the political but the moral duty of any society, as the World Health Organisation stresses!

Grégoire Lason (MSc.Ost.)
Joint Principal of the International Academy of Osteopathy

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