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Welcome to the Institute of Osteopathy




The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) is the UK’s leading professional membership organisation for osteopaths. The purpose of the institute is to support, unite, develop and promote the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care. Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions.

Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently.

Over 30,000 people every day visit an osteopath suffering from a variety of conditions including neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches and more.


Many patients are pregnant women and children, those suffering with work strain, or pain and stiffness related to advancing years. As you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see an osteopath, you will typically be able to see an osteopath quickly, without the long waiting times that often occur with other treatment options. Working in partnership with our members, the iO strives to raise standards of osteopathic care, and improve understanding and awareness of the benefits of osteopathy amongst the public and fellow health professionals.


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Our iO Patient Charter outlines the consistently high standards of service that we encourage our members to aspire to and that you can expect from a registered osteopath who is an iO member. To find an iO member in your area, use the link below.



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