No, osteopathic manual therapists are not physicians. They are not members of the college of physicians and surgeons of Alberta. To find an osteopathic physician that is a member of the college of physicians and surgeons visit www.osteopathic.ca

Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients’ general health.

Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopathic manual therapists seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic manual therapy focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.

Osteopathic manual therapists have a patient-centred approach to health and well-being, which means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.

Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.

All members of the AAOMT meet or exceed the standards in osteopathic education as outlined by the World Health Organization in 2010. This means that they will either have completed a 4 year full time degree course, similar to physiotherapists, or a part time equivalent.

Not unless it is a requirement of your insurance company for reimbursement purposes

Osteopathic manual therapists are trained to help all age groups, from newborns to the elderly. To find out if treatment might help you contact your therapist directly.

There are many similarities between the three disciplines. For example all use their hands to help restore heath and all focus on musculoskeletal problems. However there are differences. For more information please look below.



All our members are issued with a certificate and membership stamp.  If you are in doubt as to he authenticity of your therapists ask to see either the certificate or stamp.

This association is a member of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths, or CFO www.osteopathy.ca.  The CFO has multiple roles, including promoting Canadian Osteopathic therapy both at home and internationally,  harmonizing standards of education of osteopathic therapists across Canada and uniting the provinces towards common goals.  Currently the provincial associations that are represented on the board of the CFO are

British Columbia




Nova Scotia

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