Osteopathy in South Africa & Globally

The first South African osteopathic regulatory Act was passed in 1974; as the Homeopaths, Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Herbalists Act, 1974. Ironically, this is exactly 100 years since Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in the USA.

The Allied Health Professions Act, of 1982 was passed and the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) was established in order to control all allied health professions, which includes Osteopathy.

Osteopathic associations promote the development and progression of osteopathic medicine and serve as a professional society for osteopaths.

There is large scope for Osteopathic medicine in Africa to grow. The Osteopathic Association of South Africa is the professional body representing osteopathy in South Africa. Members of the Association all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Profesions Council of South Africa. At this time there is no available training for osteopaths in South Africa. The training is of an exceptionally high standard and osteopathic practitioners graduate after four to six years of training and education.

Osteopaths practicing in South Africa all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Professionals Council of Souh Africa. Practitioners who do not meet these standards are not permitted to practice Osteopathy or claim to be an osteopath in South Africa.

Please be aware that some terms such as osteopractic, osteomyology and myosteopractic etc do exist but essentially this is not osteopathy.

Osteopathic Associations

Osteopathic Registers And Governing Bodies

Osteopathic Journals And Clinical Research

Osteopathic Colleges