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Where can I find other osteopathic therapists of a similar standard in Canada?

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 in addition to Nova Scotia are
British Columbia
Alberta
Ontario
Quebec

How do I know if my therapist is a member of the NSAO and has the relevant qualifications and insurance?

All our members are issued with a certificate of membership. If you are in doubt as to the authenticity of your therapists ask to see their certification or contact us.

What level of training do members of the NSAO have?

All members of the NSAO 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.

Are osteopathic manual therapists qualified as physicians?

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

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else.

How long does a treatment take?

Typically treatments will last 30 minutes to 1 hour. Initial consultations typically last longer in order to complete a thorough assessment.

How much does treatment cost?

The costs of treatment vary from practice to practice and across the country; make sure you ask before booking

Do I need to see my doctor first?

You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first. Some insurance plans may require a prescription for reimbursement purposes. It is important to check with your medical plan.

Does it hurt?

Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

What should I wear?

As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in.

 

 

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