Osteopathy is unregulated in Canada. This means that there is no government involvement at the provincial, territorial, or national level with regard to education or professional registration, however there are international standards of education set forth by the World Health Organization. This means that not all osteopathic education is equal as some programs do not meet these international standards. Graduates of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, such as Tana, meet these international standards.
When choosing an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, it is imperative to be knowledgeable of the practitioner’s educational background which should be a minimum of 4 years along with clinical experience. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OMPs) are graduates of a 4 year intensive study at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and are members of the Ontario Osteopathic Association. OMPs are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs or surgery by using manual methods for diagnosis and treatment. This education includes 4 years of curriculum, over 1000 cumulative hours of practical and clinical experience, yearly written and oral-practical exams, and a fourth year thesis component.
Osteopathic treatment provided by Tana is eligible for reimbursement through nearly all extended health care providers. Check to see whether your policy includes osteopathy, often grouped with other manual therapies such as chiropractic, massage therapy, or physiotherapy, to see if you are eligible for insurance coverage.