The Future of Healthcare

Osteopathy is one of the most complete healthcare systems in the world. It is used to relieve pain anywhere in the body.

Many of the current healthcare professions in North America have their origin in the curriculum of osteopathy including massage therapy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic. Well known in European countries, osteopathy is the fastest growing health care profession in Canada, the US, Australia and Europe. In North America Manual Osteopaths and Osteopaths are different, while in the rest of the world the terms are often used interchangeably.

Osteopaths understand how all the body's systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. Osteopathy utilizes all available modern manual medicine techniques to assess injury and diseases of muscles, bones, joints, organs and nerves. A Manual Osteopath offers the added benefit of providing a personalized, hands on diagnosis and treatment for any pain causing symptom.

There are over 1000 Manual Osteopaths working in eastern Canada, with few out here in the west.



Become the leader of the health care team by increasing your knowledge and expertise treating acute and chronic conditions so that you can help your clients more effectively.

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Manual Osteopathy - Join the ranks


Join the ranks of more than 1100 Manual Osteopathic Practitioners currently practicing in Canada.

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Manual Osteopathy - Maintaining Structural Balance

Manual Osteopath

Manual Osteopaths are dedicated to maintaining the structural balance of all body systems in order to maintain health.

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This diploma program is recognized both provincially and federally, and meets all recommendations set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Program Overview & Structure

Manual Osteopathy Overview

Classroom Instruction

Students will participate in 29 days (8 hours/day) of scheduled classroom time. Used for examinations and technical training. Click here for Details & Schedule.

Distance & Self Directed

Students can expect to spend 20-30 hours per week of self directed learning. Our program assignments and lessons, must be completed on your own schedule.

Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 400 hours of clinical work experience.

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Program Content


Manual Osteopaths identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythm using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Manual Osteopaths develop a very sensitive sense of touch to master osteopathic palpation. Osteopathic palpation is what makes Manual Osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.

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Each treatment technique will be covered in detail via the following categories:

  • philosophy
  • history
  • terminology
  • physiology
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • manual application
  • assess/correct
  • clinical application
  • contraindication/ indication


Additional modules will include:

  • Ethics
  • Business
  • Licensure and Credentialing
  • Professionalism

Entrance Requirements

We follow the World Health Organization document "Benchmarks for training in Osteopathy" regarding prerequisite training, hours of instruction, and program content.

At the National Manual Osteopathic College we require the following Prerequisites:

  • Be a graduate of a 2200 hour massage training program from a recognized school of massage,
    hold a recognized equivalent diploma including but not limited to kinesiology, physical trainer, etc.
  • Hold a valid Standard First Aid and Level C CPR training

Further Reading

History of Osteopathy

Founder Andrew Taylor Still believed that all of creation was perfect, including the human body. He proclaimed that a perfect body would be able to heal itself and would contain within it the means to do so.

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Osteopathic Regulation and Licensure

There are numerous colleges, universities, associations and regulating bodies for Manual Osteopaths worldwide, but there is no single, specific governing body or accreditation process for all.

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Code of Ethics

Manual Osteopaths uphold the highest standards of integrity and respect, and abide by a Code of Ethics outlined by the National Manual Osteopathic Society in order to protect professionals and clients across Canada.

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