Osteopathy envelops a broad base of philosophies and techniques to improve health. However, since it is a non-regulated profession, it is not governed by the province of Ontario under the Regulated Healthcare Professionals Act of 1991. Interestingly, many practitioners of Manual Osteopathy in the province of Ontario also hold degrees, registration, and accreditations in other modalities – and in many cases are registered under those such regulating colleges (i.e. Registered Massage Therapists, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists, Nursing, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, etc.).
In Canada, the scope of care within the manual osteopathic field is limited to external hands-on care using soft and bony tissue manipulation as well and fluid techniques. The following is a list of acts which fall outside the scope of manual osteopathic care and are FORBIDDEN under its designation:
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