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The future is exciting for osteopathy in Nova Scotia!  We are growing!  The Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) is proud to represent the largest group of manual osteopathic practitioners in the province.

NSAO is one of 9 provincial associations united within a national association, the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO). Collectively our national association represents more than 2000 manual osteopaths across Canada!  Visit CFO to discover our shared vision for the future of osteopathy in Canada.

The NSAO has also recently become aligned internationally with the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).  As a Partner Member, we share in the OIA’s mission for the advancement and unity of our profession both nation-wide and globally.

As the NSAO pursues government regulation within our province, we hope to embody the unity and stability as a profession that will promote advancement of osteopathy.

We are excited about the future of osteopathy in Nova Scotia!

Our History

  • The Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) was established in 2006 to provide a unified voice for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners in Nova Scotia. 
  • NSAO is registered with Nova Scotia Joint Stocks.

In Nova Scotia:

  • Members of the NSAO, are not Osteopathic Physicians, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, formerly Doctor of Osteopathy) nor do they practice Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manual Practice is not regulated by the government, however the NSAO is actively seeking government regulation to protect the public and our profession
  • Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are not members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Osteopathy—Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom



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