Osteopathy is a 'whole body' system of manual therapy, which uses a wide range of techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body. It was developed in America in the 1870s by a doctor, Andrew Taylor Still, and has developed to the point where it is now widely-recognised throughout the world as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies.
In Australia, Osteopaths are statutorily registered practitioners and five-year, full-time university education is required. There are over 800 members of the Australian Osteopathic Association. The most common complaints people see Osteos for are: back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, pains in peripheral joints (shoulders, knees etc.), work-related and repetitive strain injuries, and sports-related injuries. (Australian Osteopathic Association)
What is it good for?
Osteopathy is great for treating scoliosis, neck and back pain, and ankle injuries.
Australian Osteopathic Association
For more information, take a look through "Help Yourself: an A-Z of natural cures for common complaints" by Mim Beim and Jan Castorina. It's published by Doubleday and is available through all good bookstores.