▷ Forsa study update: Demand for osteopathy continues to rise

27.10.2021 – 09:30

Association of Osteopaths Germany eV

Wiesbaden (ots)

Almost every fourth German citizen has already seen an osteopath. The result of a new one Forsa study from July 2021 shows a clearly increasing tendency in the number of patients. Satisfaction with osteopathic treatments remains high: 8 out of 10 patients are satisfied or very satisfied with the treatment. The renowned opinion research institute surveyed almost 2,500 German citizens on behalf of the Association of Osteopaths Germany (VOD) eV.

With impressive results: after around 18 percent and almost every fifth German citizen over 14 years of age received osteopathic treatment either himself or with his or her child, this number has grown to around 23 percent and almost every fourth German citizen in the last three years. That corresponds to over 14.6 million people. “The increase of around five percentage points in the last three years shows the sustained high level of interest and growing acceptance of osteopathy,” emphasizes VOD chairman Prof. Marina Fuhrmann.

At the same time, the average age of the patients fell from 42 to 37 years, which is mainly due to the fact that many parents have their children and babies treated osteopathically. Osteopathy is in demand in all age groups. It is also interesting that osteopaths are now consulted earlier and the proportion of male patients has increased. Around 70 percent of those questioned find their osteopath through recommendations in their personal environment. The doctor’s recommendation follows with 16 percent; 10 percent prefer Internet searches.

As early as 2018, around three quarters of osteopathy patients were in favor of osteopathy regulation under professional law. This value was again impressively confirmed in 2021. After all, 21 percent of those questioned who had never seen an osteopath and for whom osteopathic treatment was not yet an option gave the reason that they were worried about getting in touch with an unqualified practitioner. “This is a further sign of the urgency to regulate osteopathy through a professional law,” said Prof. Fuhrmann.

Background: Osteopathy is an independent, holistic form of medicine in which diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands. Osteopathy gets to the bottom of the causes of complaints and treats people as a whole. Osteopathy makes sense for many diseases and treats them preventively.

The Association of Osteopaths Germany (VOD) eV was founded as a professional association for osteopathy in 1994 in Wiesbaden. As the first and, with more than 5400 members, the largest professional association, the VOD essentially pursues the following objectives: It demands the independent profession of osteopath at the highest quality level. He explains about osteopathy, provides objective and neutral information and operates quality assurance in the interests of the patient. In addition, the VOD places highly qualified osteopaths. Around 2 million visitors gather information every year osteopathie.de. Around 90 statutory health insurances subsidize osteopathy.

Additional Information:

Association of Osteopaths Germany eV

Wilhelmstraße 42

65183 Wiesbaden

Phone: 0 611 / 5808975 – 0

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Original content from: Association of Osteopaths Germany eV, transmitted by news aktuell


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