National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) teaches European style osteopathy (manual osteopathy). We do not teach osteopathic medicine.
Any student with a grade 12 high school diploma or its equivalent may apply for admission to the osteopathic manual practice program offered by National Academy of Osteopathy. The diploma in osteopathic manual practice program is one year full time or two years part time in length for high school graduates or any other student without prior health education. The program length for students with prior health education is 6 months full time or 12 months part time.
The Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) offered by the NAO (Canada) may be taken as a full time or part time program. For high school graduates and other students who do not have any previous health education the DOMP program is one year full time or two years part time. For students who have previous health education (such as massage therapists, medical doctors, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, acupuncturists, athletic therapists, etc) the program is six months full time or 12 months part time. This is the first and only condensed six months full time accredited manual osteopathy program in Canada for health professionals. NAO is also the first and only accredited provider of DOMP education in Canada that accepts high school graduates.
Yes, there is as health professionals enter the accelerated DOMP program which is shorter in duration (6 months). The tuition is also less for health professionals. Please visit the following link to check applicable tuition and other fees for health professionals: http://www.
The full time & part time DOMP programs of NAO start twice a year; in the first week of September and March of each year.
Aboriginal students in Canada may be eligible for scholarships from their government including the Métis Nation of Ontario. Students can also get installment Plans to pay their fee, Please contact Registrar Office at Admissions Office email@example.com for more information .
Upon gradations students receive the following designation: Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice. The academic designation you may use in front of your name is DOMP.
Most manual osteopaths work in private clinics, often as sole proprietor, associate or employee. However, the increase in multidisciplinary health care facilities and physical rehabilitation clinics in Canada has opened new opportunities for osteopathic manual practitioners to collaborate with other health care professionals (such as family physicians, chiropractors, registered massage therapists, naturopaths, athletic therapists, kinesiologists, podiatrists, chiropodists, occupational therapists, ergonomists, and physiotherapists) and benefit patients with interprofessional care. A small numbers of manual osteopaths also work in hospitals, nursing homes, health spas, sports teams, insurance companies claims services department, fitness clubs, osteopathic colleges, motor vehicle accident (MVA) assessment centers and other institutions.
For patients injured in a motor vehicle related accident in Ontario (Canada) all auto insurers cover osteopathic treatments performed by NAO graduates at the rate of approximately $60 per hour as per fee guideline set by Financial Services Commission of Ontario. However due to low rate of payment it is rare for manual osteopaths to accept MVA patients.
Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 regulates most private colleges in Ontario. There are a few educational health programs however; under NOC sections 3123 and 3232 such as osteopathy, podiatry, and chiropody that are exempted from being registered under this act. These exempted health educational programs must be registered under different government agencies. NAO is registered and licensed by Ontario Ministry of Government Services to operate in the Province of Ontario (license # 200607893) and it is also registered federally by Industry Canada (reg # 757053-8).
There is virtually no unemployment in this health care profession. Almost all osteopathic manual practitioner find employment or open their own private osteopathy clinic. It is rare for manual osteopaths to work for others as employees. Most end up opening their own private clinics. This is mainly due to their ability in treating last resort chronic pain cases which makes them high in demand. Unlike other health professions where it takes average of 5 years for the health professional to have a fully booked practice, NAO alumni sometimes within months become fully booked. NAO alumni who work on their own have annual income of $150,000 (NAO graduates make $60,000 more than other manual osteopaths because they receive over 250 business management lectures). This is why rarely they work for others and those who do are usually new graduates who for a year or two work for others before starting their own private practice.
There are currently eight osteopathic colleges in Canada that offer a World Health Organization (WHO) compliant osteopathic education approved by the Council on Manual Osteopathy Education of the International Osteopathic Association (http://www.
Yes. NAO Tuition is a tax-deductable expense if you own a business. Students receive a receipt for tuition paid. The cost of books and supplies are also tax deductable. Those students who do not own a business are recommended to register a business so they could use these expenses for tax reduction. In any case students must register a business if they plan to practice as manual osteopaths. We will teach you the best way to register your business to reduce your taxes while protecting your assets.
“Is it possible for me with no background in Health to start this program?”
You told me that you are creating a program that anyone with no background in Health can study and learn manual osteopathy and be successful in it. Still In February 2011 when I started osteopathy I was not sure about it but I did it because I trusted you.
Now after a month that I am in the osteopathy Program I am Sure that with your method of teaching the manual practice of osteopathy and the passion you have for teaching and also the curriculum you gather for other subjects in this program (anatomy, pathology,…) IT IS possible to become a successful manual osteopath ONLY in so few months.
I just want to thank you for creating this opportunity.”
Chiropractors and manual osteopaths are both health professionals who treat patients with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Historically there is a political answer relating to the founder of osteopathy, Dr Andrew Taylor Still, falling out with his student, Dr. D.D. Palmer, who then went on to be the founder of chiropractic.
The principle working difference is that osteopaths tend to use more rhythmical and gentler techniques while chiropractors use more often stronger, high velocity, low amplitude manipulative techniques. Chiropractors may also employ modalities such as ultrasound and various electrotherapies for pain relief while manual osteopaths generally rely on hands-on manual techniques to relieve pain.
Essentially, both offer valuable and useful services, and each can be included in a holistic healthcare regimen. There are now many multidisciplinary clinics offering manual osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy and registered massage therapy services. This seems to be the new growing trend in Canada, USA and Europe, specially for chronic pain patients.
Yes. NAO is accepted as being a fully accredited manual osteopathy educational centre by International Osteopathic Association (www.internationalosteopathicassociation.org). NAO graduates are permitted to apply for IOA membership and to receive certificates of registrations.
Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice – DOMP is a Canadian designation and title copyrighted by National Academy of Osteopathy. No school is permitted to offer this title without NAO approval. NAO accepts only the Canadian College of Osteopathy for offering DOMP title. Any other school offering this title is in violation of Canadian Copyright Act. Any osteopathy school and anyone who is using the DOMP title without written consent of NAO (Canada) may face legal consequences for illegibly using the DOMP title.
For health professionals who wish to enter the rewarding health care profession of manual osteopathy; National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) offers the Accelerated Manual Osteopathy Program for Health Practitioners…Click here for more information
In certain countries (such as Canada, Australia & most European countries) manual osteopathic treatments are covered by most insurance providers.
In Canada more than 90% of insurers cover osteopathic treatments. And of these 95% cover osteopathic treatments offered by National Academy of Osteopathy graduates who have joined the Ontario Osteopathic & Alternative Medicine Association, College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario, Ontario Association of Osteopathy & Natural Medicine or other associations.
Yes. Due to limited space the campus based program is in high demand and there is a waiting list to get into the campus based program.
In England and Australia the osteopathy program is offered 4 years full time (4,200 hours). They teach medical diagnosis & diagnostic imaging. NAO does not teach medical diagnosis or diagnostic imaging (we teach osteopathic diagnosis) as it is a controlled act in Canada. That is why the Canadian osteopathic education is shorter than the ones offered in Europe and Australia. But in Canada, NAO offers the most detailed osteopathy program available. We teach more techniques than any other school and we have more professors than any other schools.
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) teaches more techniques than any other osteopathy college in Canada and we have more technique professors than any other school of manual osteopathy in Canada. We teach only scientific research proven techniques for all joints including lumbar, thoracic, cervical, temporomandibular joint, shoulder, scapula, elbow, wrist, hand, sacrum, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Some of the techniques we teach include soft tissue therapy, osteoarticular, oscillatory, global, cranial osteopathy, visceral techniques, strain/counterstrain technique, lymphatic drainage, manual mechanotherapy, Still’s, facilitated positional release, balanced ligamentous tension, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release technique, trigger point therapy, etc.
We are the only school in Canada that teaches Manual Mechanotherapy, which is considered the lost techniques of osteopathy.
What makes NAO education different and why so many manual osteopaths from other schools re-study osteopathy again at NAO is the 250 business management lectures offered by NAO president, Dr. Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD. These lectures are the reason why we graduate successful wealthy manual osteopaths. NAO alumni have annual gross income of $150,000 per year which is $60,000 more than other manual osteopaths.
For over 130 years osteopathy has done so much to help treat chronic pain and other conditions and it deserve a day of its own as recognition of its contribution to human society worldwide.
At 10AM on June 22, 1874 in Baldwin, Kansas (USA), the 46 years old Dr Andrew Taylor Still founded osteopathy. Dr. Pourgol chose this day in oppose to Dr Still’s date of birth (August 06, 1828) as the World Osteopathy Day.
Dr Pourgol is bringing a private member bill to the Canadian parliament to request the government of Canada officially recognize June 22ndas the World Osteopathy Day.
When we started teaching osteopathy in 2010, we revolutionized the profession of manual osteopathy by offering it online. We are still the only accredited school of osteopathy in the world that teaches an online DOMP program.
Now most manual osteopaths in Canada (outside Quebec), USA and many other countries are online graduated NAO alumni. Yet since 2010, there has not been even one case of malpractice against any of our students. Additionally many have fully booked practices and actually with annual income of $150,000 make $60,000 more per year than other manual osteopaths. This is a proof to that they are offering safe, effective, ethical manual osteopathic care.
In some ways the online education is even superior to the campus based because students have the ability to pause the lectures and watch any techniques over and over again (our campus based students however have also access to all our online video lectures). National Academy of Osteopathy has alumni in 72 countries and countless successful manual osteopaths are practicing around the world who studied manual osteopathy through an online course. All manual osteopaths in the 346 clinics of Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada located in 33 countries are NAO alumni and this clinic is now the largest chronic pain clinic in the world. in 2017 OCPCC started with one clinic in Toronto and quickly within 3 years grew to 346 clinics in 33 countries. Most OCPCC manual osteopaths are online graduated. Their rapid growth is an indication that they are providing effective chronic pain care. This is another proof that online graduated manual osteopaths indeed can provide safe, effective care to the public.
The professions of osteopathy, chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy and even medicine and dentistry have offered at one time or another correspondence courses. With the technology NAO uses students feel they are sitting in a classroom watching the lectures. They have also the ability to email NAO at any time and ask any academic questions they may have. Even now in the time of COVID-19 some medical schools, dental schools and chiropractic schools are offering many programs through online education.
With the advancement in communication technology online education is improving rapidly. Time has shown that many of health related programs can indeed be taught online. Here are some examples:
There are a few known mechanism affecting individuals who receive osteopathic treatment for low back pain.
First mechanism: Osteopathic spinal manipulation increases joint mobility by producing a barrage of impulses in muscle spindle afferents and smaller-diameter afferents ultimately silencing facilitated ? (gamma) motoneurons as proposed by Korr. This theory is supported by several recent studies by the Pickar lab and by findings that low back pain patients have altered proprioceptive input from muscle spindles. Recent work has also shown that that spinal manipulation modifies the discharge of Group I and II afferents. This has been accomplished by recording single-unit activity in muscle spindle and Golgi tendon organ afferents in an animal model during manipulation.
A second mechanism is that osteopathic spinal manipulation, by mechanically opening the intravertebral foramina (IVF), decreases pressure on the dorsal roots. Substantial evidence shows that the dorsal nerve roots and dorsal root ganglia are susceptible to the effects of mechanical compression. Compressive loads as low as 10 mg applied to dorsal roots increase the discharge of Group I, II, III and IV afferents. This compression can also alter non–impulse-based mechanisms (eg, axoplasmic transport) and cause edema and hemorrhage in the dorsal root. Spinal manipulation mechanically decreases the pressure in the IVF by gapping the facet joints and opening the IVF. For instance, the synovial space of the lumbar facet joints increases by about 0.7 mm in individuals receiving manipulation. This doesn’t seem like much, but as with any therapy there is usually a course of care involved. Even in moderate stenosis patients treated by osteopaths typically see significant pain reduction following a period of 1-2 weeks of treatment.
A third mechanism is based on findings that persistent alterations in normal sensory input resulting from an injury can increases the excitability of neuronal circuits in the spinal cord. Osteopathic spinal manipulation works by applying non-noxious mechanical inputs to these circuits. This involves mechanisms similar to the pain-gate theory proposed by Melzack and Wall wherein activation of A-a and A-ß fibers can reduce chronic pain and increase pain threshold levels. This is supported by studies where spinal manipulation of the lumbar region decreases central pain processing as measured via pin-prick tests. Additional studies have shown a reduction in central pain sensitivity after spinal manipulation using graded pressure and noxious cutaneous electrical stimulation.
A fourth mechanism involves ß-endorphin mechanisms. Studies have shown increases in beta-endorphin levels after spinal manipulation but not after control interventions.
Fifth mechanism: Substantial evidence also shows that spinal manipulation activates paraspinal muscle reflexes and alters motoneuron excitability. These effects are still being studied and appear to differ depending on whether performed on patients in pain or pain-free subjects.
A sixth mechanism involves inhibition of somatosomatic reflexes by alterations in muscle spindle input produced by osteopathic spinal manipulation. It is thought that spinal manipulation may normalize spindle biomechanics and improve muscle spindle discharge.
Lastly, in humans, osteopathic manual treatment can decrease heart rate and blood pressure while increasing vagal afferent activity as measured by heart-rate variability. Manual therapies in rats have been shown to produce an inhibitory effect on the cardiovascular excitatory response and reduce both blood pressure and heart rate. Manual therapies such as osteopathic soft tissue therapy have been shown to impact behavioral manifestations associated with chronic activation of the HPA axis such as anxiety and depression, while decreasing plasma, urinary, and salivary cortisol and urinary corticotropin releasing factor-like immunoreactivity (CRF-LI). Manual stimulation in rats has been shown to significantly increase glucocorticoid receptor gene expression which enhanced negative feedback inhibition of HPA activity and reduced post-stress secretion of ACTH and glucocorticoid.
We are a fully accredited osteopathic school and our students have access to membership in many organizations in their fields. Some of the organizations that NAO alumni can join include:
Yes. Most regulatory boards for chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, athletic therapists & trainers, homeopaths, & medical doctors accept the time you spent studying in our programs towards your CE requirement. Most regulatory boards require 20 to 40 hours of CE in a year or two, and our programs cover this requirement as all our programs are over 40 hours.
Yes but it depends on the type of patient’s coverage, EHP or MVA.
In most cases you cannot bill extended health plan (EHP) insurers for manual osteopathy and another type of treatment (chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, naturopathy, athletic therapy, acupuncture, etc) on the same day. Most EHP insurers accept only one type of treatment from one health practitioner. Your clinic can bill for manual osteopathy and massage therapy for example on the same day if the treatments are performed by two health practitioners in the clinic. But if the health practitioner is a massage therapist/manual osteopath then in one day massage therapy must be billed and another day manual osteopathy.
This does not apply to motor vehicle accident (MVA) patients. For MVA patients health practitioners can charge the insurers for more than one type of therapy. For example on the same visit an insurer can be billed for manual osteopathic treatments, modalities, and rehabilitation.
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) is the copyright holder of the DOMP (Diploma in Osteopathic manual Practice) title. Only Canadian College of Osteopathy and its alumni are approved users of the DOMP title. Any other school and their alumni that are using the title of DOMP are doing so illegibly and are breaking the Copyright Act of Canada and may face legal consequence.
Osteopathy TV, founded by our president Dr Shawn Pourgol as an instrument to increase the name recognition of osteopathy amongst the public while also increasing their health related knowledge. This is the first ever TV channel dedicated to osteopathic health care. The TV station is being developed and soon will start producing programs on a weekly basis. It is financially supported by NAO.
There are many. Our president, Dr Shawn Pourgol has set up a Facebook page called “Osteopathy Related Research & Science” at www.fb.com/osteopathicresearch which compiles links to many useful manual osteopathic related research papers.
Yes, we offer a number of manual osteopathic related seminars at very low fees. Please contact the admissions office for more info. You can also visit our seminar Facebook page for more info at www.fb.com/osteopathyseminars. Our seminars are offered on a wide variety of topics including sports osteopathy, kinesiological taping, decompression traction therapy, leg length discrepancy, osteopathic wellness protocol, etc.
A 2012 survey has shown that with a treatment satisfaction rate of 95%, manual osteopathy is the number one choice of patients in Canada for chronic low back pain relief.
A survey has shown that of all the alternative health care practitioners in Canada, patients have the highest confidence in manual osteopaths
Fracture of the femur bone due to a slip & fall is the main cause of accident related death in seniors. This is mainly due to osteoporosis making the bones weak, and subsequently when the person fells down the bone breaks easily. The fractured bone in some cases cuts through the femoral artery. A number of patients die due to bleeding even before reaching the hospital. The osteopathic muscle energy techniques (MET) are known to improve function & balance by improving range of motion of the joints and the muscle tone. A better function & balance decreases the chance of a fall, and subsequent bone fracture and possible death. Seniors should receive weekly manual osteopathic care to remain more active and to continue enjoying a better quality of life. Manual osteopaths help prevent injuries. And by decreasing chances of a slip & fall they ultimately save lives.
A 2006 survey showed that Canadians on average spend about $220 per year on manual osteopathic care.
According to the most recent Gallup survey of the North American workplace; only 25% of workers were satisfied with their employment and love what they do. Manual osteopaths in Canada, with a job satisfaction rate of 98% have one of the highest job satisfaction rates of all occupations. Manual osteopathy has been included in the top 25 best occupations in demand in Canada by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The high job satisfaction is due to emotional and financial satisfaction the profession affords to its practitioners. NAO alumni treat last resort chronic pain cases. The type of cases other health professionals could not help. This brings great emotional job satisfaction to our alumni. Additionally having annual income of $150,000 creates wealthy individuals (the top 1% of society). This high income is one of the main reasons why our alumni have such high job satisfaction rate.
Dr Pourgol has prepared an article on major similarities and differences of these four health professions that offer manual therapy. To read the article please click on the link below which takes you directly to Dr Pourgol’s personal blog site.
There are many such groups. However one of the largest ones is “We Love Osteopathy” which is founded by our president Dr Shawn Pourgol. It is open to everyone. Feel free to join the group. The group address is: www.fb.com/groups/weloveosteopathy.
Dr Pourgol in cooperation with Osteopathy TV and the financial backing of National Academy of Osteopathy & the National University of Medical Sciences is in the process of producing a full length film documentary on manual osteopathy called “The Last Resort”. The documentary discusses why manual osteopathy is in such a high demand in Canada and why patients sometimes wait months to see a manual osteopath. The documentary will be provided free of charge to Netflix, the Documentary Channel, PBS and other networks, with the hope that it increases the public awareness to the wonderful beautiful profession of manual osteopathy.
We have many chiropractors and chiropractic students as students such as Dr. George Sandu, DC, DOMP, president of the Canadian Manual Osteopathic Association. This is because manual osteopathy is very popular with chronic pain patients. In Canada there is a waiting list of over a year (in London, Ontario), 6 months (in Halifax) and so on. In 2012 Canadians chose manual osteopathy as their #1 choice for low back pain relief as compared to chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and pain medication.
By becoming a manual osteopaths chiropractors assure that they will have a full practice. Here is a testimonial from a chiropractor graduate of NAO click here.
Please visit the testimonial page of NAO to read how massage therapists have benefited by studying manual osteopathy at NAO. Click on the link below to read one such testimonial from NAO graduate & registered massage therapist (RMT), Angele Boyle who doubled her income in less than a year following graduation: click here
The WorkBC program of the Canadian Government in British Columbia may now cover your full tuition to study manual osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto if you are found eligible. Contact the WorkBC Employment Center nearest you for more information.
Click on the link below to see a sample of student card issued to students. Your National Academy of Osteopathy student card entitles you to discount on thousands of items in North America, Europe and elsewhere. Please make sure you keep your student card with you at all times as a proof of being an NAO student. Click Here
Physiotherapist & university professor Dr Hossein Khorami, his daughter Saba, a kinesiologist & optometrist wife Dr Maryam Gharahgozloo graduated together as manual osteopaths from NAO in July 2014. While we had a number of couples and siblings studying together at NAO, this is the first time all members of a family enrolled together at NAO. Click on the link below to see their photos: Click Here
A survey done in 2012 indicates that manual osteopathy is the most popular treatment for chronic low back pain by Canadian patients as compared to chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, pain medication and massage therapy.
There are over 14,700 students of European style osteopathy (also known as manual osteopathy) enrolled in degree or diploma programs around the world.
There are 21,741 students of American style osteopathy (also known as osteopathic medicine) enrolled in the DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) programs in American osteopathic universities and schools.
USA is the only country offering education in osteopathic medicine. All other countries where students enrolled offer European style osteopathic education (no surgery, no medication).
The total number of European style osteopaths (as opposed to American style osteopathic physicians who practice surgery and prescribe medications) is 43,000. The total number of American style osteopathic physicians is 87,000.
A 2013 survey indicates that manual osteopaths receive the most number of patients through word of mouth referrals of their own patients. The second most common source of patient referral is from family physicians. Here are the most common sources of patients referrals to European style manual osteopaths. The amount is in percentage.
Friend of patient 29.7%
Medical Doctor (M.D.) 23.6%
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 3.9%
Chinese medicine 2.3%
Personal trainer 3.5%
Massage therapist 6.6%
A 2013 survey of European style manual osteopaths finds that the majority of manual osteopaths prefer to own their own private osteopathy clinic. Of interest is that over 3% of manual osteopaths work in hospital and 6.5% of them have positions in universities.
Private clinic 43%
With 1 partner 14.1%
More than 2 partners 18.2%
Outpatient clinic 2.9%
Medical institution 3.9%
30 to 45 minutes is the most common treatment length for manual osteopathic treatments. A 2013 survey indicates 40.5% of patients manual osteopaths see in Canada, USA & Europe receive this length of treatment.
The 2nd most common is 45 to 60 minutes, which 31.8% of patients receive.
The 2nd most common referral sources of manual osteopaths (also known as European style osteopaths) in Canada, USA & Europe are medical doctors. 18.5% patients manual osteopaths see are referred by MDs, a 2013 survey finds.
A 2013 survey finds that over 10.6% of the patients that manual osteopaths treat in the USA, Canada and Europe are referred to them by physiotherapists. Physical therapists make up the third most common referral sources of manual osteopaths. By manual osteopath we mean European style osteopaths as opposed to American style osteopathic physicians who perform surgery and prescribe medications. Manual osteopaths limit treatments to hands-on manual therapy.
Here are approximate number of European style osteopaths (also known as manual osteopaths) in a selected number of countries.
|Bahrain||3||Belgium||1,539||Belize||1||Bosnia & Herzegovina||2||Brazil||250|
|Chile||45||China (including Hong Kong & Macau)||150||Costa Rica||15||Croatia||2||Czech Republic||5|
|Slovenia||2||Spain||800||South Africa||49||South Korea||200||St Lucia||1|
|Thailand||45||Trinidad & Tobago||1||Turkey||25||UAE||30||UK||4,211|
Yes, you can. While most schools of osteopathy offer excellent education, many of their students do transfer to National Academy of Osteopathy for a variety of reasons.
Most colleges offer osteopathic education that is 3 to 5 years part time one weekend a month for 6 months per year, while NAO offers a compact 6 months to 1 year full time program. This is popular by students as they can finish their program sooner and start working and helping patients.
Tuition is another reason they transfer to NAO. In Italy students pay up to 100,000 EURO and in Canada up to $45,000 for osteopathic education. Our DOMP program starts from $9,970.00, which is one of the most affordable accredited manual osteopathic education.
We are glad to announce that the title “Osteopathic Manual Practitioner” has now been officially entered into the National Occupational Classification of Canada; under the NOC Code # 3232 (Practitioners of Natural Healing).
This is great news for the profession of manual osteopathy as it gives a unique identity to the job title of our graduates, and it is a great step towards regulating the profession of manual osteopathy in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.
Previously there was only the title “osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathy” was classified in Canada to represent anyone who practices any forms of osteopathy. Now there are officially two distinct forms of osteopathy in Canada, one the osteopathic medicine, which its practitioners call themselves osteopaths in Canada and the other European style manual osteopathy which its practitioners are called manual osteopaths or osteopathic manual practitioners.
On Nov 11, 2014, Canada Post published World Osteopathy Day stamps, designed by Dr Shawn Pourgol, president of the National Academy of Osteopathy & the National University of Medical Sciences, the largest providers of manual osteopathic education worldwide. Osteopathy, since it was founded over 137 years ago by Dr Still in the USA, had never had a day of its own until 2012 when Dr Pourgol founded June 22nd as the World Osteopathy Day.
The NOC (National Occupation Code) for “Osteopathic Manual Practitioners” in Canada is 3232 and it falls under “Practitioners of Natural Health”.
IN Ontario, all practitioners who treat MVA patients use HCAI. Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) is an electronic system for transmitting auto insurance Ontario Claim Forms (OCFs) between health care businesses and insurers in Ontario. Previously there was no category for osteopaths, and osteopathic manual practitioners in Ontario had to use “other” to list themselves on the forms and auto insurance standard invoice (AISI). Now we have our own category “osteopathy” which manual osteopaths can use when submitting OCF 18 (treatment plans) and OCF 21 (Auto Insurance Standard Invoice).
First Canadian government recognized manual osteopathy by adding it to National Occupational Classification under NOC code 3232 and now the Ontario provincial government permitted osteopathy to be added as an independent category under HCAI.
The profession is getting more recognition. And these all helps us in getting the profession regulated in Ontario. Our president, Dr Shawn Pourgol has donated $200,000 to the “Osteopaths Unite” campaign and in such short term we have seen the profession advance quite rapidly.
Yes, National Academy of Osteopathy has been certified by honorable Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Employment & Social Development on December 07, 2014. This certification remains active for 5 years until December 07, 2019.
Canadian National Academy of Osteopathy students are permitted now to claim for tax credits for the NAO tuition, textbooks & educational expenses they paid to study manual osteopathy as per Income Tax Act of Canada. as NAO is an approved school by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The Canadian government offers up to $780 in textbooks tax credit to residents of Canada to study manual osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy.
Our graduates of the diploma in osteopathic manual practice (DOMP) program, 18 to 34 years old who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for business development loans of up to $15,000 (at prime posted by CIBC plus 3% interest rate) under the Futurpreneur Canada program of the Canadian government.
You must have already been graduated as a manual osteopath and have already opened your own private osteopathy clinic. Your clinic must be less than one year old and you have to agree to work with a mentor for up to 2 years and prepare a business plan.
Professor Majid Javadifar, an orthotist & Prosthetist as well as a manual osteopath, is a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).
Dr Javadifar owns one of the best orthotics manufacturing labs in Canada, while also having a multidisciplinary clinic in North York, Ontario. Shahla & Sara, two NAO graduated manual osteopaths work with Dr Javadifar in his clinic.
Any of our graduates who needs an orthotics lab for patients needing orthopedic footwear should contact him directly. NAO graduates receive discounts for a number of products offered at this orthotics manufacturing lab.
NAO teaches more osteopathic techniques than any other osteopathic college in the world. We are also the only school of osteopathy teaching (along with all other osteopathy techniques) the Manual Mechanotherapy techniques, a set of techniques that is known as the lost techniques of osteopathy.
Did you know that we are the only osteopathic college that has Canadian, American, European & Asian technique instructors?
Yes. We consistently upgrade all our diploma program. Every term we add a number of osteopathy techniques as well as business lectures to the DOMP program.
This poetry is by NAO student, Dr Chris Vincent, MBBS, titled ” Students of National Academy of Osteopathy”.
We are the chosen.
from different places
training for extraordinary work,
under the benevolent gaze
of Dr. Shawn Pourgol,
>We are diamonds in the rough,
cut and polished
with words of wisdom
spoken by our teachers,
and the techniques taught
online and in-class.
We are coached
to be valiant fighters
and skilled archers
who are battle ready
to attack the army of pain.
We are students
of National Academy of Osteopathy,
learning the great art
of manual osteopathy,
eager to serve
the people of Canada
and all the countries
around the world.
We are the past, present
and future students
of healing power
in our hands.
Written by – Dr. Chris Vincent, MBBS
Yes. We are the only Canadian osteopathy college that has been accepted as an affiliate member of Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). As such NAO students with their student ID card are eligible to register for a number of continuing education seminars offered by OHA.
Please visit their website for a list of their seminars. If interested please contact them directly.
Yes. Our Canadian DOMP (diploma in osteopathic manual practice) graduates are eligible to apply for up to 50,000 in loan money from Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) if they are residents of the province their osteopathy clinic is located.
The graduates must be the clinic owner, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The osteopathy clinic must have been in operation for two years or longer. Clinics less than two years old are not eligible to apply. The loan must be repaid within 4 years and the current interest rate is 5.7%. The application process is completely online, eliminating any need for personal visits and meetings.
A recent research on hands on skill learning indicates that in the long term online students learn better techniques than those enrolled in a campus based program.
The research done recently in USA compared two sets of students learning a manual skill, one set in a class and another from an online video.
The results indicated that in the same day, after watching the skill being taught online vs live in the classroom, those classroom students learned the skill better. However after one week, the online students performed the skill clearly better than the campus students.
The conclusion the researchers made is that the campus based students learn from an instructor and then rely on memory to perform the skill task every day. While the online students get to watch the instructor everyday and this makes their skill set closer to what the instructor teaches.
So in the short term (the same day) campus based education is better. However in the long term online students perform better techniques.
Osteopathic spinal osteoarticular techniques are proven through scientific research to cause neurophysiological effects resulting in hypoalgesia (local and/or distal), sympathoexcitation, reduction in spinal stiffness, heterogeneous in location and timing, and improved muscle function.
These techniques also produce increased nociceptive flexion reflex threshold, improved posture, decreased concentration of substance P, and improved sway index.
The evidence for effectiveness of osteopathic osteoarticular techniques suggests involvement of an endogenous pain inhibition system mediated by the central nervous system.
Dr H. R. Spitler was a medical doctor, chiropractor, osteopath and optometrist in Ohio, USA who invented a model of osteopathy techniques about a hundred years ago that dealt with soft tissue as well as osseous manual therapy. As his techniques focused mainly on orthopedic conditions of musculoskeletal system, he fell out of favour with the osteopathy leadership of the time and his techniques were not taught in most osteopathic schools.
We are the only osteopathy school teaching the manual mechanotherapy techniques of Dr. Spitler.
Manual mechanotherapy is now mainly practiced in Ohio by a group of practitioners calling themselves mechanotherpists. The techniques are considered the lost techniques of osteopathy.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum, NMD, DO (from Ohio, USA) has done six lectures on this technique which is now available for our students to watch at our video server.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO (founder of osteopathy) developed many methods of treatments. In one such method (commonly known as the Still Techniques) the patient is initially moved away from the dysfunctional barrier, then a well-directed focusing force is applied, during which the dysfunctional joint is carried through a path of least resistance into the barrier. The Still technique loosens the ligaments and tendons binding a joint by first moving away from the barrier into relaxation, and then reverses direction to allow the joint to slide back into place while the supporting ligaments and tendons are relaxed. The Still techniques never gained popularity with early osteopaths because easier and quicker osteopathic manual therapy techniques were available to osteopaths. Still techniques, the ground breaking methods of relaxing the soft tissue and then settling the joint were somewhat forgotten until Dr. Richard VanBuskirk, DO published “The Still Technique Manual” in 2000. Now these techniques have regained the popularity they deserve as a number of schools including National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA) have added them to the curriculum of their manual osteopathy diploma and degree programs. Dr Daniel Nuzum, NMD, DO teaches Still Techniques which is uploaded to our video servers for our registered students to watch.
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) graduates (online as well as on-campus) have annual gross income of $150,000 which is $60,000 more than what other manual osteopaths make in Canada. This is because NAO students receive over 250 business management lectures from Dr. Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD . The annual expenses of manual osteopaths is up to 20% so the net income is 80% of the gross income.
A recent survey of our alumni shows that 100% of National Academy of Osteopathy graduates in Canada increased their annual gross income after becoming a manual osteopath.
44.4% of the annual gross income earned by National Academy of Osteopathy graduates in Canada (in 2015) came from private health insurance payments (most extended health plan insurers cover osteopathy services provided by our graduates).
33.3% of our alumni income in 2015 came from patients paying cash and 22.2% came from auto insurance payments for those injured in an MVA (all auto insurers pay for osteopathic care provided by NAO graduates to accident patients).
This is a review posted by registered massage therapist & manual osteopath, Andrew Subieta, RMT, DOMP, DO (Spain) who is an alumnus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. He has also studied at the first osteopathy school in Ontario, the Canadian College of Osteopathy which offers a 5 years osteopathy program. We have many manual osteopaths from other schools joining us to re-study manual osteopathy. Andrew has written a testimonial comparing the education he received at Canadian College of Osteopathy with the one received at NAO. Please click below to read it.
Yes, we do. We have alumni in all Canadian provinces and territories.
Manual osteopathy was introduced to the province of Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada), Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Prince Edward Island by our alumni.
Yes, currently they all do.
To bill an extended health plan (EHP) insurer in Canada NAO alumni must first join one or more osteopathic associations in Canada, such as Canadian Association of Alternative Medicine and College of Registered Manual Osteopaths that are accepted by most insurers. Membership in these associations would provide billing numbers for NAO graduates which permit them to bill extended health insurers in all Canadian provinces including Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.
Yes. The British Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (BCAOMP) accepts as members the graduates of Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) program of National Academy of Osteopathy.
Chiropractic and naprapathy are two health professions originated from osteopathy. Most manual therapy techniques used by physiotherapists are also osteopathic in origin. Osteopathy is the grandfather of most manual therapy primary health care systems.
Yes, our graduates are eligible to join the Newfoundland & Labrador Osteopathic & Naprapathic Association which is chaired by Dr Matt Gibbons, DOMP, DO (Spain), a graduate of National Academy of osteopathy (Canada) and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain). Visit http://www.
Yes! We made history (again!) by introducing osteopathy to Bermuda. Anyone wishing to receive manual osteopathic care in an exotic beautiful island setting in Bermuda should contact Dr. Thomas Andrew, DOMP, DO at the Reefs, a five star luxury resort in Southampton, Bermuda (https://www.facebook.
Yes, National Academy of Osteopathy graduates can join the Manitoba Osteopathic Association for membership.
Yes it can. Canadians can use registered education savings plan (RESP) to pay in full for the cost of tuition of the diploma in osteopathic manual practice program of National Academy of Osteopathy.
The Canadian government offers thousands of dollars to help families defray the cost of tuition for their children by allowing them to open a registered education savings plan for each child. And here’s the best part: for every dollar you put into the plan, the government kicks in a little extra for you. Depending on your income, the government portion can rise to as much as 40 cents for every dollar you put in yourself.
The word “osteopathy” is not regulated in Ontario or any of the other provinces in Canada. The word “osteopath” is regulated in Ontario. That is why National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) graduates are permitted to use the word “osteopathy” in their clinic names or call what they do “osteopathy”. The term “osteopath” is regulated in Ontario, British Columbia and some other provinces but not all.
The answer may surprise you!
Here is a research article by the US Department of Education that indicates online students perform better than on-campus students. “The meta-analysis found that on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”
Our students who wish to shadow one of our alumni in their private health clinics should contact the alumni directly. We do not arrange this between alumni and students. Sometimes alumni ask us to post a request about their willingness to allow students to observe their practice. This is usually posted in our private alumni FB group. We also email the post to all our students. Here is a recent shadowing opportunity we emailed students today: “National Academy of Osteopathy graduate, Frederic Koomsatira, BSc, CSCS, DOMP (osteopath & a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion and coach) has been kind enough to allow our students to shadow him and work on a volunteer basis in his clinic in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). Our interested students who wish to do some volunteer work should contact Frederic directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-514-581-3400. The clinic website is: www.koom.ca. We are grateful to Frederic for helping our students.”
Yes, it does. Here is a post we shared a few days ago. MIGRAINE gone after one OSTEOPATHIC treatment What our alumni do seem like a miracle sometimes. We just found out manual osteopath Nicholas Zancai, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy and one of its teacher assistants, treated a patient in Burlington (Ontario, Canada) who was suffering from migraine. Right after first osteopathic session the migraine was completely cured 100%. This patient had seen his family physician, a chiropractor and a number of other health professionals without result. He was referred to Nicholas and got cured in one session. This is the power of osteopathy. We hear cases like this all the time from patients of our alumni. Nicholas receives a lot of referrals from massage therapists, physiotherapists, naturopaths and family physicians because of his ability to treat chronic pain. He is fully booked until June 2017. There is a month long waiting list for patients to make an appointment with him. He charges $110 per hour of osteopathic care. His fee is set to increase to $140 per hour in near future. Thank you Nicholas! You make us so proud!
Our president, Professor Shawn Pourgol has studied osteopathy as well as chiropractic. He has written an article explaining the main differences of these two professions in regards to clinical aspects. Here is the link to the article: http://drpourgol.blogspot.ca/2017/04/clinical-differences-between.html
Then you should join the “We Love Osteopathy” group! With 16,750 members this group founded by our president, Dr Shawn Pourgol is the largest osteopathy group in the world.
If you are interested in osteopathy related research, then visit the “Osteopathy Related Research & Science” also set up by Dr Pourgol.
Initially in 2010 when we started teaching manual osteopathy, all our graduates were health professionals. However our goal was always to get high school graduates to enroll as we believed the way to expand osteopathy worldwide is to accept high school graduates. NAO is now the only accredited provider of DOMP education in Canada that accepts high school graduates. We are glad to say that now majority of our graduates (about 56%) are high school graduates and 44% are health professionals.
The reason for the success of our alumni is our business management lectures. Dr Pourgol in his business lectures covers a vast array of topics such as advertising, marketing, public relations, asset protection, financial planning, investment, accounting, tax planning, behavioral modification and brain improvement. Here is why our students said about Dr Pourgol’s lectures in the past 12 months:
-Thank you, you are the best teacher in the world!
-One thing I really enjoyed was the business lectures by Dr. Pourgol. I did not have a business background and after following his lectures, I now own a successful business.
-Thank you to the amazing Dr. Pourgol for being such an inspiration in my life.
-Hey Dr. Pourgol; You have truly given me the power and ability to carve out my own path in life. The tools that I have acquired though your guidance has already changed the lives of many!!! I am forever thankful.
– Dr. Pourgol is always encouraging and passionate about his students being successful and shares every bit of knowledge he has to help us succeed.
-Sincerely thank you Dr Pourgol. For everything. My brother is applying for NAO soon. You have created an amazing opportunity for us to improve health care, enrich the lives of others as well as our own.
-Thank you so much Dr Pourgol. Your advise always works. And you are the only teacher in the world who is always available for the students. It’s my pleasure to have you.
-Dr Pourgol – I love your video lectures ! You have a great mix of humour and technical information that really creates enjoyable and effortless learning. Thank you so much.
-Dr. Shawn Pourgol, I’m loving your business lectures. I took management at McGill University and your classes are 10x more interesting. Keep up the good work!
-Thank you, Dr Shawn Pourgol. My naturopathy practice has increase from 4-6 patients a day to 8-10, in the last two and half months.
-Thank you Dr. Pourgol! You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for being the best teacher in the world.
-Dr. Pourgol gives you amazing business lectures on how to set up a business and promote yourself. I cannot believe how much I am learning! I am so thankful every day that I chose NAO.
– the Business classes stand out for me the most since they teach you how to continue your success and build the best practice you can as a manual osteopath beyond graduation.
– His teaching style was the reason I loved the classes so much, they were straight to the point and everything had clear explanations.
-Proud to be one of your students! I couldn’t be happier with my choice to come learn osteopathy at NAO from such passionate and knowledgeable teachers — also very entertaining with many interesting yet informative stories. I truly feel honored.
– My professor, Dr. Pourgol is a man whom I truly admire. He opened National Academy of Osteopathy and expanded manual osteopathy tremendously. Thanks to him, manual osteopathy is being taught in 68 countries!
– Dr. Pourgol- thank you so much for being an amazing teacher and teaching many individuals manual osteopathy. You truly are helping many people around the world.
– Thank you Dr. Wouldn’t have been able to go (to Paris, France) without your business lectures!
– One of the things that I love about the NAO founder, Dr. Shawn Pourgol, is that at various times throughout the year he will allow access to the education portal for alumni, so that we can review and watch the latest additions and updated lectures. Very generous, and without the online side of the school, not possible.
– My president Dr. Pourgol…..you are my great professor! Forever u are my great Osteopathic founder.
-Dr. Pourgol gives you amazing business lectures on how to set up a business and promote yourself. I cannot believe how much I am learning! I am so thankful every day that I chose NAO.
-Dr. Pourgol, I came across a quote today that I would like to share with you: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward. You sir, inspire!!
-The business classes were above and beyond what I was expecting. There were many times I said “I wish I knew that before” or “Wow. That makes so much sense.” I even caught my husband hanging around when I was watching my classes and saying quietly “Hmm”, “Okay”, and “Yes”.
-Your help has been immeasurable. I’m so booked I haven’t had time to implement a quarter of your tips from business lectures. Thank you!
-Thank you dr P, for all the inspiration and knowledge you so generously share.
-Thank you so much Dr Shawn Pourgol for giving me the honor to be one of your student.
-I would like to thank Dr Pourgol for his passion. The university’s program would not be the same without his infectious humor and expertise. He evidently loves his job, which makes it so much easier to listen and learn as a student. Thank you.
-I really like my teachers there. Starting with Dr. Pourgol who teaches Mobilizations and Muscle energy techniques, but also business management which made us prepared for business life, marketing , safety and promotion.
-Hi Dr Pourgol, Just wanted to let you know I am enjoying your online classes.
-Thank you very much, Dr. Pourgol, truly. I sincerely appreciate all your advice and your work to give us the best means to improve our odds to succeed in this new path. Your speech at graduation ceremony was very inspiring. As you said, you will always be part of the change in our lives, an important part, let me complete, and I will always be grateful to you for all the knowledge that you have transferred to us but, most of all, for your devotion as a teacher and your engagement to your students to make successful people of us. Words are not enough. Thank you.
-Dr Pourgol: Thank you for creating such a great school. I’m only a month in (dual degree BSc(O)/DO) and am loving the education. Excited to see NUMSS and NAO continue to grow. Keep up the great work!
-Dr. Shawn Pourgol, I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciate seeing your proud and positive posts as well as all of amazing things that this school has accomplished in such a short period of time.
Yes. Graduates of National Academy of Osteopathy who wish to get a certified translation of their diplomas should contact:
Ms. Madonna Antonio
Translation Agency of Ontario
The cost is $110.74 (Canadian). They provide official certified translation to almost all languages of the world.
These are similar yet a bit different systems. Both techniques originated from the works of Dr. William Garner Sutherland, DO, who introduced his cranial concept in 1929. It was originally called osteopathy in the cranial field which later was known as cranial osteopathy.
Craniosacral therapy was formed by Dr John Upledger, an osteopath from Michigan.
The main difference between the two techniques are that cranial osteopathy is taught only to osteopaths & manual osteopaths, while craniosacral therapy is taught to everyone else.
Dr Sutherland had been struck by an idea as a student that the bones of the head were beveled as if to indicate motion. He spent the next 20 years or so trying to prove himself wrong. Through a detailed examination of the anatomy of the skull, followed by a series of experiments on his own head and on his patients, he became convinced that there was a subtle motion of the head which could be palpated with experience; and that distortions of the joints between the bones of the skull would create problems in the machine of the body just as distortions of the joints of the body create problems. His treatments were gentle, almost imperceptible movements aimed at restoring free motion of the skull.
Dr. John Upledger was a practicing Osteopath in Michigan when he attended his first cranial osteopathy course. He began practicing, and researching, the motion of the cranial bones. He later decided to rename his technique Craniosacral therapy and begin to teach it in 1983.
This is an email sent today to Dr Pourgol by Stephane:
This email is to send you a heartfelt thank you for your guidance in the field of Osteopathy. Thanks to you and your education, I am now working in a major JCI accredited hospital in the physical therapy and rehabilitation department. It’s a great experience, working in a team of therapists. This is of course the very beginning, and I look forward to grow fast in personal development and to apply the lessons from the NAO & NUMSS business lectures.”
We have started the process of getting the profession of manual osteopathy regulated in Ontario (Canada). The Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (CRMOO) has been created to unite the profession as unity is the first and most important of the three requirements of the Ontario government to evaluate a profession for regulatory purposes.
Osteopathy is already regulated in the province of Ontario. In Ontario osteopaths are medical doctors who are members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The first time the profession started the process of regulation it failed because the word “osteopathy” was used. This caused opposition by CPSO and confused the Ontario government as “osteopathy” was already regulated. To avoid this concern “Manual Osteopathy” is used instead to separate our profession from osteopathic medicine in Ontario.
The second time profession started the process of regulation it also failed because selected organizations decided to exclusively start the regulatory process without uniting the profession. This has failed because Ontario government requires the profession to be united. This Coalition has been formed with the sole purpose of uniting the profession and representing the profession when dealing with the Ontario government. To this end the Coalition will accept all schools, all associations, and all organizations. It is not mandate of the Coalition to set educational requirements and policies for the profession or evaluate each organization. Educational, ethics and practice guidelines will be decided and developed by an appropriate committee when manual osteopathy regulation is achieved. Until then every organization is accepted.
There will not be any leadership posts in the Coalition. The Coalition will be managed by a committee that includes one representative from each school and organization. This is important as we want all organizations feel they have a voice in managing the Coalition. We understand there may be a few organizations that wish not to join the Coalition. However the majority will join and we believe the ones who do not join initially will join it later once they realize how beneficial regulation is to the profession.
All philosophical and educational differences can and should be set aside for the purpose of becoming united to get the profession regulated. Once manual osteopaths are regulated, they can get together and decide on what requirements they wish to have for osteopathic education. To do this beforehand is troublesome as it causes a divide in the profession and without unity there will not be regulation.
I invite all osteopathic manual practitioners to speak to their alma mater and associations and to encourage them to join this Coalition for the benefit of manual osteopathy.
Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
While majority of manual osteopaths charge $100 to $200 per hour, we are seeing more and more alumni charging higher fees in Canada and abroad as per our request.
In our business lectures we went over how to effectively increase your fees. A small increase in your fees will not deter patients from utilizing your services. However even a small increase have a huge impact on your net profit, as your expenses remain the same. So any increase in service fees translate into profit. You should aim to raise your fees for manual osteopathic care anywhere between 2% to 10% every year.
Yes, our alumni can join the Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association (NSOA) as full members.
Yes they can. Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (https://www.
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We issue a DOMP title. Most insurers in Canada accept the title of DOMP (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice) as it is a Canadian title used exclusively in Canada. National Academy of Osteopathy is the copyright holder of the DOMP title in Canada, registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on October 09, 2013 (registration # 1108241).
The Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (CRMOO) is in the process of getting the manual osteopathy profession regulated in Ontario. National Academy of Osteopathy has provided $200,000 in funding to CRMOO and is affiliated with it. Dr Shawn Pourgol, president of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) is the founder of the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario.
For us at NAO, osteopathy is our life. We live, think, and breath osteopathy. It is because of NAO that manual osteopathy is now expanded to 69 countries around the world. It is because of NAO that we now have a World Osteopathy Day (founded by NAO president Dr Pourgol in 2012) in June 22nd that is set to be recognized by the Ontario parliament as the official World Osteopathy Day. It is because of NAO that Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada has become the main provider of osteopathic care in Canada. It is because of NAO that the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy is funded with $200,000 to help manual osteopathy become regulated in Ontario. And it is because of NAO that the we now have Osteopathy TV (www.osteopathytv.com) which is in the process of preparing “The Last Resort”, the first documentary on manual osteopathy which is going to be offered free of charge to NetFlix, PBS, and the Documentary Channel to increase public awareness in the role of osteopathy in chronic pain management. This documentary explains how and why manual osteopathy is so effective in treating chronic pain. No other school has done as much for osteopathy as NAO in elevating the profession.
In Canada most Council on Manual Osteopathy Education (CMOE) accredited schools offer education that is similar in total hours of lecture time (about 2000 hours). However most offer it in 3 to 5 years part time (one weekend a month). There is no full time manual osteopathy program in English speaking Canadian provinces that is longer than 1 year. NAO (Canada) offers a 1 year full time, a 2 years part time, and a 5 years part time DOMP program through on-campus in Toronto or online video lecture format across the world.
NAO has about 30 instructors, including more technique instructors than any other schools in Canada. To see the list of NAO instructors click on the link below: http://www.nationalacademyofosteopathy.com/faculty
NAO offers a teaching clinic in Toronto for its campus based students. Online students have also the option of doing supervised clinical training under NAO alumni in different cities which includes seeing 200 patients, completing 12 clinical rounds, handing in 12 clinical case reports, doing treatments on approved NAO clinicians, getting treatments by approved NAO clinicians, a thesis suitable for publication, and on-site practical and written exams.
If you wish to practice European style manual osteopathy in the states (our profession is known as osteopathic manual practice in the States) you should choose an osteopathy school that is accredited by the US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (NAO is accredited by UCOMPE).
The alumni of osteopathy schools accredited by UCOMPE are able to write the board exams administered by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB). Those who pass the board exams can then apply to the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practice for membership (http://www.
Our alumni are permitted to sit for the board exams of AOMPEB and to join AAOMP upon graduation. Most American osteopathic manual practitioners are NAO alumni including all three presidents of American Associations of Osteopathic manual Practitioners, American Osteopathic manual Practice Examining Board and US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education.
What we teach is hands-on osteopathy, also known as European style osteopathy, manual osteopathy or osteopathic manual practice. These terms are used to distinguish what we teach from the American style osteopathy, also known as osteopathic medicine, which is taught across the states. Osteopathic medicine includes surgery and medications. European style involves only hands-on manual therapy.
In most countries alumni call what they do osteopathy. In the states we request alumni to use osteopathic manual practice as to not confuse the American public who associate osteopathy with osteopathic medicine.
The American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners requires its members to use the term “Osteopathic Manual Practice” instead of “osteopathy”.
Yes. our school is accredited by the US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (UCOMPE). This permits our alumni to apply for the AOMPEB board exams and following successful completion of the board and all other requirements to join the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.
Yes. Our alumni are eligible to sit for the board exams administered by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB).
Yes. Our alumni who pass the board exams of American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB) and who satisfy all the membership requirement of the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (AAOMP) can join AAOMP.
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners,
American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board,
US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education,
Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board,
International Osteopathy Examining Board,
Ontario College of Osteopathic Rehabilitation Sciences,
British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners,
College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario,
Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association,
Newfoundland and Labrador Osteopathic Association,
L’Alliance Canadienne de Médecine Alternative,
National Osteopathic Practitioners Association,
African Osteopathic Association,
Each association has its own membership criteria. Our alumni who satisfy the membership requirements of each association are eligible to join as members.
Yes. Alumni can join European Osteopathic Association (EOA) as a full member. Osteopath/physiotherapist, Dr Bruno Bordoni, DPT, DO, PhD (from Milan, Italy) is the first president of the European Osteopathic Association (EOA).
Dr Bordoni is one of the most prolific osteopathic researchers in the world who has published numerous osteopathy related research papers and books.
EOA is affiliated with the International Osteopathic Association (IOA) and follows its mandate and policies.
Dr Bordoni is a graduate of the PhD in Osteopathic Clinical Sciences program of the National University of Medical Sciences (USA). He is also a member of the board of governors of our two universities in USA and Spain.
Yes, alumni can join the Society for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Alberta. NAO graduate, Manual osteopath Tracy Laval, DOMP is the president of SOMPA.
Tracy is also a member of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada in Calgary, Alberta (clinic #167).
Yes. Manual osteopaths who have studies modalities are permitted to use physiotherapy modalities such as ultrasound, laser, electrotherapy, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, magnetic therapy, etc. in most jurisdictions. However they cannot call what they do physiotherapy and they cannot call themselves physiotherapists (unless they are licensed physiotherapists). In some locations however, such as Quebec in Canada and California in US, manual osteopaths are not permitted to use most physiotherapy modalities. Please check the laws of the province, state and the country you plan to practice for exact information. Our DOMP program does not offer any courses on modalities. NAO alumni who wish to lean modalities are encouraged to apply for the doctor of osteopathy (DO) program offered by National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) or the PHD in Osteopathic Clinical Sciences offered by the National University of Medical Sciences (USA), the first school of osteopathic manual practice in the United States. Both universities (founded by NAO president, Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD) includes a course on Osteopathic Auxiliary therapy which teaches students how to use many of the available physiotherapy modalities.
The two weeks of on-site practical technique labs in Toronto (Canada) are mandatory only for our Canadian students. The two weeks of practical training is optional for students based in the United States of America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Canadian students can either take the two weeks together at the same time, or one after each semester.
An easy way to get volunteers to allow you to practice osteopathic techniques is to post a notice on your personal Facebook page as well as Facebook groups of your city, asking for volunteers.
Aside from getting bodies to practice on, a benefit is many of them end up becoming your patients once you graduate and open your own clinic.
Many of our students have done this successfully. They got tons of volunteers while also getting many of them to come back as patients. But please make sure you make it clear that you are not providing manual osteopathic care and treatments. You are just practicing techniques. You are not a manual osteopath yet and as such you cannot provide treatments. You can however practice techniques on others as long as they know they are not receiving treatments.
Osteopathy is a heritage of Indigenous Peoples as it has roots in Cherokee healing arts and bodywork. As such we are happy that so many Indigenous Peoples government offer scholarships to tehir people to study manual osteopathy. Bigstone Cree Nation Education Authority now accepts National Academy of Osteopathy for financial aid. National Academy of Osteopathy has been accepted by the Bigstone Cree Nation Education Authority in Alberta. They have paid scholarships to a Cree Nation person to study at NAO. We are also accepted by the Metis Nation and some other First Nation education authorities in Canada. The Indigenous Peoples now have an association in Canada representing them, the non-profit Indigenous Peoples owned/operated College of Registered Manual Osteopaths.
We officially received the nonprofit registration documents of National Academy of Osteopathy on August 27, 2019! We are now officially the first osteopathy school in Canada to be registered as a nonprofit school. This means we do not pay the regular federal and provincial corporate tax we used to pay. But it also means that profits from NAO cannot be taken out for personal reasons. All profit generated must remain with NAO.
One of our first project with the extra cash we have now available is to upgrade all aspects of National Academy of Osteopathy. We have already started the projects. Many new books have been ordered for our library. And we got a bunch of new anatomical models for the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. Life size skeletons, joints, thorax models for visceral osteopathy and detachable skulls for cranial osteopathy and many others. We are on a shopping spree!
The worth of a clinic is measured by its gross income per year multiplied by 2. So a million dollar osteopathy clinic is a clinic, owned by a manual osteopath that generates half of a million dollars or more per year in gross income. The NAO Million Dollar Osteopathy Club is an exclusive club founded by the National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada). Only NAO graduates who have confirmed annual gross income of $500,000 or more can join this club.
In the states listed below the diploma in osteopathic manual practice (DOMP) graduates of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) can work without any license as long as they get the clients sign a specific form indicating that they are not providing medical care, they are not doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and that they do not provide electrotherapy, manipulation or massage.
California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island
There are a few other states that have specific exemptions bypassing the requirement for manual osteopaths to get licensed. The list is provided elsewhere in our FAQ section.
The Canada Student Financial Assistance Program offers student grants and loans to National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) full-time and part-time DOMP students. Grants and loans help NAO students pay for their osteopathy education.
The amount of student grants and loans an NAO student can receive depends on several factors, including:
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) students are now able to apply for Canada Student Grants & Loan program. How much they receive depends on a few factors (province of residence, having a dependent, disability, etc) and can be estimated by using the Student Aid Estimator website linked below: http://certification.esdc.gc.ca/lea-mcl/eafe-sfae/eafe-sfae-h.4m.2@-eng.jsp NAO students, single, with no dependents, living in Ontario, who have annual income of less than $20,000 per year and are not disabled can receive a loan of up to $11,900 towards the NAO tuition.
Yes, it does. The Canadian Armed Forces Vocational Rehabilitation Program for Service Members (CAF-VRPSM) has accepted the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice program (DOMP) of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada). CAF-VRPSM covers the tuition and others fees of approved programs for eligible service members.