Background of Orthopathy

The DOC wishes to encourage the development of different physical therapy philosophies - within a safety framework - that can be developed into faculties of specialisation and excellence and can form the basis of future research.

As many patients have experienced, there are as many styles and modes of physical treatment as there are practitioners.

This variety within any profession is the life-blood of development and progress, whereas standardisation, imposition of "only one acceptable" way, and intolerance of change leads to ossification and collapse of an organisation as it fails to meet changing demands and circumstances. The fact that doctors, physiotherapists, and other health professionals continue to train and use well established techniques including osteopathic, chiropractic and other manual approaches and treatments is validation of the unique contribution that physical medicine has made in the field of healthcare.

It is hoped that the practical experience of doctors, physiotherapists, orthopaths and other physical therapists using osteopathic techniques will add to the body of research for physical therapy.


DOC members and the public have full access to our decision making process. All members of Council are democratically elected. We listen to all our members' concerns as well as those of the public. Transparency of DOC activities sets DOC apart for this very reason.


DOC members abide by a code of conduct and ethics with disciplinary procedures. All members are covered by indemnity insurance and are regulated by the GRCCT.

Professional education

The DOC recognises that central to the development of any healthy profession or scientific endeavour is the ability to challenge orthodox views and promote and support different philosophies of treatment. The DOC doesn't impose a single philosophy as a condition of membership. The DOC is committed to developing excellence through faculty/specialist development. The DOC is pledged to develop and provide continuing professional development (CPD), core competencies for orthopathic treatment.

Patient education

The DOC believes good and effective treatment is the responsibility not just of the practitioner but also of the patient. In order to achieve this, the patient must have some understanding of the consultation and treatment process and use this to get the best from their practitioner.