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European osteopaths to meet in Malta

Maltese appointed associate member

Delegates at the Fore meeting in Dublin. Robert Grech is third from left, standing.

Delegates at the Fore meeting in Dublin. Robert Grech is third from left, standing.

Robert Grech, 30, of Birkirkara, has been approved as an associate member of the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (Fore) at its meeting in Dublin last month. The next FORE meeting is being held in Malta at the end of October.

Osteopathy is a healthcare profession which focuses on the structure of the body and its relationship with health and disease. Osteopaths use a wide range of manual techniques to restore balance in the body, thereby promoting the body’s own healing mechanisms. It has been found to be effective in the management of chronic mechanical lower back pain, neck pain and many other musculoskeletal ailments.

It is separate from physiotherapy or Chiropractic and the title osteopath is protected by law. Osteopaths in Malta are required to register with the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) in order to practise.

Training in Osteopathy typically lasts four to five years, where a Bachelor’s or an undergraduate Master’s degree is awarded.

The Fore (www.forewards.eu) discusses issues with legal regulation of the profession throughout Europe (the profession is currently regulated in Malta, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, UK and France).

There are about 20,000 osteopaths in France alone, while currently only Mr Grech is registered as an osteopath in Malta.

For more information, contact info@osteopathymalta.com.

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