Choosing an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
“……to be an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner you must study and know the exact construction of the human body, the exact location of every bone, nerve, fiber, muscle, and organ, the origin, the course and flow of all the fluids of the body, the relation of each to the other, and the function each is to perform in perpetuating life and health. In addition you must have the skill and ability to enable you to detect the exact location of every obstruction to the regular movements of this grand machinery of life.”
A.T. Still, 1901.
As a prerequisite, the Canadian College of Osteopathy accepts only students who already have a license, registration, or certificate in a healthcare profession, such as physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, athletic therapist, or nurse. These students should already have an active practice. With each new course that the student attends, they are able to integrate more osteopathic philosophy, theory, methodology, and techniques into their current practice.
After taking the first course, the student of Osteopathy is able to begin practicing Osteopathy. With each advancing level of participation in the program, the student is able to incorporate more Osteopathy into his or her practice.
The graduate Osteopathic Manual Practitioner can integrate all the elements of Osteopathy into his or her practice while still incorporating previous training, such as exercise prescription, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle management. It is for that reason that graduates of the CCO have the highest level of osteopathic education in Canada and are some of the most qualified practitioners of manual therapy in the country.
To select one of our graduates, you can review the information on practitioners listed on the website of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO).