Ontario Osteopathic Association

Ontario Osteopathic Association The OOA is a voluntary, not for profit, professional association in Ontario for Osteopathy The OOA is a voluntary, not for profit, professional association in Ontario for the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.

It is committed to promoting osteopathic health care to the public, establishing and maintaining standards for safe and effective treatment, mandating accountability, ethical practice and continuing education amongst its members, and providing a list of practitioners to the public whose training and qualifications are of the highest standard. It agrees with and meets the World Osteopathic Health Organization in the definitions of a non-physician Osteopath and the minimum education required for such a designation. The OOA aims to set and maintain the educational and professional standards of osteopathy in Canada at the highest level; to secure the stability and recognition of the profession in this country and internationally. In order to support the profession and further the osteopathic profession in Canada the OOA is taking the steps necessary to recognize and protect manual osteopathic therapists/practitioners both provincially and nationally.

It is committed to promoting osteopathic health care to the public, establishing and maintaining standards for safe and effective treatment, mandating accountability, ethical practice and continuing education amongst its members, and providing a list of practitioners to the public whose training and qualifications are of the highest standard. It agrees with and meets the World Osteopathic Health Organization in the definitions of a non-physician Osteopath and the minimum education required for such a designation. The OOA aims to set and maintain the educational and professional standards of osteopathy in Canada at the highest level; to secure the stability and recognition of the profession in this country and internationally. In order to support the profession and further the osteopathic profession in Canada the OOA is taking the steps necessary to recognize and protect manual osteopathic therapists/practitioners both provincially and nationally.

Mission: The OOA is committed to maintaining the highest professional standards in osteopathic care. Ensuring patient safety and quality of care above all.

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Dr. Still describing his aim in writing Research and Practice:65 My object is to make the osteopath a philosopher, and p...
10/15/2018

Dr. Still describing his aim in writing Research and Practice:
65 My object is to make the osteopath a philosopher, and place him on the rock of reason. Then I will not have the worry of writing details of how to treat any organ of the human body, because he is qualified to the degree of knowing what has produced variations of all kinds in form and motion. I want to establish in his mind the compass and searchlight by which to travel from the effect to the cause of all abnormality of the body. Then I will not have to detail what to do with misery in the head, on the face, with an aching heart, lung, pleura, liver, spleen, kidney or any organ or part of the body. He is right at home when he meets a tumor, because he knows and sees the cause and enters the combat, but not by any rule of special detailing, which belongs to the bunglesome book of symptomatology. When you fully comprehend and travel by the laws of reason, confusion will be a stranger in all your combats with disease.

Dr. Still speaking about varied methods to adjust the body (Research and Practice):91 I want to make it plain that there...
10/05/2018

Dr. Still speaking about varied methods to adjust the body (Research and Practice):

91 I want to make it plain that there are many ways of adjusting bones. And when one operator does not use the same method as another, it does not show criminal ignorance on the part of either, but simply the getting of results in a different manner. A skilled mechanic has many methods by which he can produce the desired result. A fixed point, a lever, a twist, or a screw power, can be and are used by all operators. The choice of methods is a matter to be decided by each operator and depends on his own skill and judgment. One operator is right handed, the other left. They will choose different methods to accomplish the same thing. Every operator should use his own judgment and choose his own method of adjusting all bones of the body. It is not a matter of imitation and doing just as some successful operator does, but the bringing of the bone from the abnormal to the normal.

Dr. Still speaking about immaterial things in the body and how to deal with them (Philosophy and Mechanical Principles o...
09/27/2018

Dr. Still speaking about immaterial things in the body and how to deal with them (Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy):

It matters very little to man where mind, motion, and matter came from, the one place or the other. They are all in his make-up, and he is interested in keeping them all healthy. If he is a doctor, he is interested in quick cures, because his living depends on his success. The doctor does not have to furnish his patients mind, matter, or motion. His work is to keep the body adjusted so it can supply itself with brain and muscle; then mind and motion will appear and keep the laboratory full of the choicest chemicals and free from disease. Healthy organs and food are what keeps a man healthy. The doctor can aid in keeping the organs in place. This he can do if he knows the forms and functionings of the different parts of the body. If not, he is of but little use or benefit to the sick

Dr. Still speaking about the multi-factorial functions of structures (Research and Practice):Is a bone personally respon...
09/19/2018

Dr. Still speaking about the multi-factorial functions of structures (Research and Practice):

Is a bone personally responsible in performing any duty beyond its service as a brace or support for the body while in the erect position? Does its personality extend beyond that purpose? Is it a house in which a process of manufacturing substances for repairing takes place? Does it construct its own habitation? A thigh bone to all intents and purposes is a personality in receiving, repairing and constructing the bone directly from blood.

09/17/2018
Your Hands-On Training is Exceptional | Lee Jarvis

"To be OOA approved means that you've had a significant amount of training in the basic sciences. Anatomy and physiology are huge, of course. But it also means your hands-on training is exceptional, it's beyond what is considered an average level of osteopathic practitioner."

–Lee Jarvis, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Member of the OOA.

Find an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in your area: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

09/17/2018
Your Hands-On Training is Exceptional | Lee Jarvis

"To be OOA approved means that you've had a significant amount of training in the basic sciences. Anatomy and physiology are huge, of course. But it also means your hands-on training is exceptional, it's beyond what is considered an average level of osteopathic practitioner."

–Lee Jarvis, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Member of the OOA.

Find an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in your area: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

"If Operators focus on an allopathic pathology, then they are likely to narrow their scope. In other words, they will se...
09/15/2018
Read Issue 8 of The Osteopathyst online for Free!

"If Operators focus on an allopathic pathology, then they are likely to narrow their scope. In other words, they will seek out the lesion in a highly specific area and remain fixed to that region instead of searching for lesions where they are occurring. Operators must broaden their scope to seek out the lesions that are contributing to a change in the patient’s health state."

Read "The Problem with Focusing on Allopathic Pathology in
Osteopathy" By OOA Member, Samuel Jarman on page 9 of Issue 8: http://www.osteopathyst.com/issue-8/#page-9

The Fall 2016 Issue of the Osteopathyst features the article “Mechanics, Anatomy, and Physiology: Understanding the Osteopathic Lesion “ by Robert Johnston. Adam Houston sits down with Robert Lever for an Interview following his presentation a Spring Symposium 2016. Lee Jarvis once again provide...

09/11/2018
"Patients Feel Most Comfortable" | Barbara Lukac

"As an osteopathic practitioner, I also work with other members of the OOA because if patients aren't able to come see me, because I'm booked, or because this location is not convenient, I can refer my patient to the OOA website so they can find themselves an osteopathic practitioner that's closest to them. Or, I can see what other graduates that I can help my patients feel most comfortable with."

–Barbara Lukac, practitioner at Thrive Massage Therapy & Wellness and For Your Health Massage Therapy

Find your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Here: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

Dr. Still speaking about adjustment (Research and Practice):The philosophy of manipulations is based upon an absolute kn...
09/09/2018

Dr. Still speaking about adjustment (Research and Practice):

The philosophy of manipulations is based upon an absolute knowledge of the form and function of all bones belonging to the bony framework of the human body. We must know the position and purpose of each bone and be thoroughly acquainted with each of its articulations. Without this knowledge our work will be a failure.

The name I have given to this particular pattern is the “bell-shaped thorax.” The name was chosen for ease of communicat...
09/07/2018
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The name I have given to this particular pattern is the “bell-shaped thorax.” The name was chosen for ease of communication when talking to other practitioners; the thorax in this position looks “bell-shaped” under the right condition. That “right condition” presents itself when viewing the ribcage with all skin and muscles removed—though if you are seeing your patient like this, it’s probably too late for you to help him. Thankfully, we can easily palpate this lesioned thorax to ascertain its shape.

Read "A Bell-Shaped Thorax" by OOA Member, Lee Jarvis on Page 4 of Issue 8: www.osteopathyst.com/issue-8/#page-4

The Fall 2016 Issue of the Osteopathyst features the article “Mechanics, Anatomy, and Physiology: Understanding the Osteopathic Lesion “ by Robert Johnston. Adam Houston sits down with Robert Lever for an Interview following his presentation a Spring Symposium 2016. Lee Jarvis once again provide...

09/03/2018
Jennifer Herring, OOA Member

"Being OOA-approved means that you are reaching the high standards of training that the OOA accepts. It is making sure that you're accountable for the professionalism standards and the ethical standards for treating patients in Ontario. I'm very proud to be a part of the OOA."

–Jennifer Herring, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner at Inside Out Health Solutions.

Find your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Here: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

Dr. Still speaking about the importance of the thought process to an Osteopath (Research and Practice):My object is to m...
09/01/2018

Dr. Still speaking about the importance of the thought process to an Osteopath (Research and Practice):

My object is to make the osteopath a philosopher, and place him on the rock of reason. Then I will not have the worry of writing details of how to treat any organ of the human body, because he is qualified to the degree of knowing what has produced variations of all kinds in form and motion.

When looking at the patient it is important to consider the three-dimensional mechanical picture that the patient presen...
08/30/2018
Read Issue 8 of The Osteopathyst online for Free!

When looking at the patient it is important to consider the three-dimensional mechanical picture that the patient presents. “Mechanics” does not denote simple joint movement; it encompasses a holistic understanding of the distortions and deformations in hard and soft tissues, as well as the way all tissues relate to one another with respect to gravity. This mechanical picture displays stresses, strains, vectors of pull, and other alterations that are landing on, and passing through, hard and soft tissues. It is our job to examine how the body is responding to these fundamental changes.

Read Closer to the Bone: Mechanics, Anatomy, Physiology (MAP) by OOA Member, Robert Johnston on Page 3 of Issue 8: www.osteopathyst.com/issue-8/#page-3

The Fall 2016 Issue of the Osteopathyst features the article “Mechanics, Anatomy, and Physiology: Understanding the Osteopathic Lesion “ by Robert Johnston. Adam Houston sits down with Robert Lever for an Interview following his presentation a Spring Symposium 2016. Lee Jarvis once again provide...

08/28/2018
"Incredibly High Standards" | Marc Tellez

"The OOA is widely recognized because the standards are incredibly high. There are no other organizations where members have to exceed 4,000 hours of training plus 1,000 hours practicum. OOA members have paid their dues."

–Marc Tellez, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner at Bannock's Body Mechanics and Member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association!

Undressing the client for osteopathic treatment is common in Europe but is not part of Canadian practice. A well trained...
08/26/2018

Undressing the client for osteopathic treatment is common in Europe but is not part of Canadian practice. A well trained practitioner can palpate a patient effectively through loose clothing and will not require a patient to disrobe for diagnosis or treatment.

Find your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Here: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

Dr. Still speaking about how to find and treat the issue a patient presents (Research and Practice):We, as engineers, ha...
08/24/2018

Dr. Still speaking about how to find and treat the issue a patient presents (Research and Practice):

We, as engineers, have but one question to ask— what has the body failed to do? If it is a failure in vision, hearing, smelling, tasting or motion of any part then it is the duty of the inspector to hunt for the cause that has produced the failure. In searching for the cause he should inquire of three witnesses, the nerves of sensation, motion and nutrition, for one or more has failed to perform its part in functioning. This law is just as absolute and indispensable to a healthy body as day and night are to the whole globe

Dr. Bob Schneider joined us as a guest for Spring Symposium. He lectured and demonstrated about obstetrics. Dr. Schneide...
08/22/2018
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Dr. Bob Schneider joined us as a guest for Spring Symposium. He lectured and demonstrated about obstetrics. Dr. Schneider described the common alterations created by a growing fetus as well as in the postpartum stages.

Read the Dr. Bob Schneider Interview by, OOA Member Adam Houston on Page 22 of Issue 9 of the Osteopathyst: The Canadian Journal of Osteopathy: www.osteopathyst.com/issue-9/#page-22

Issue 9 of the Osteopathyst features two interviews with lecturers from Spring Symposium 2016, as Adam Houston sits down with John Lewis & Dr. Bob Schneider. Sam Jarman has another three pack of articles, on sacral myopia, reflex contractions, and they keys to applying compression or traction. Lee J...

08/20/2018
"The Association Supports You" | Brandon Stevens OOA Member

"It's almost like a seal of approval. You can go to work every day and you have this feeling, a sense that you're part of a good organization. You're putting your best foot forward, so you're representing yourself and the association every time you put your hands on somebody. And, being OOA-approved means that you're gonna support it as much as it supports you."

–Brandon Stevens, OOA Member

Find your OOA Approved Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Here: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

"A few years spent in the school of Nature teaches the osteopath that principles govern the Universe, and he must obey a...
08/18/2018

"A few years spent in the school of Nature teaches the osteopath that principles govern the Universe, and he must obey all orders or fail to cure his patients" A. T. Still

OOA members are Classically Trained. This means they use Principles to govern their osteopathic diagnosis, technique and treatment. This pure form of osteopathy is the most efficient and effective system available to a practitioner.

Find your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Here: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

Dr. Still speaking about what he means by the term “Osteopathic adjustment” (Research and Practice):Osteopathic adjustme...
08/16/2018

Dr. Still speaking about what he means by the term “Osteopathic adjustment” (Research and Practice):

Osteopathic adjustment means to so adjust the body that normal action will be sufficient to supply nerve force equal to the demand for construction, and to keep the body or organ in a healthy condition by casting out all impure substances before they become oppressive either from quantity or destructive and deadly poisonous chemical changes which result from stagnant fluids in the body. With this idea in view we are not at a loss to know how to proceed when we detect any cause that retains fluids that should have been passed on and out before such chemical action sets up.

08/14/2018
Solidarity and Support | Julie Krize

"It's really great to have patients know that they can get good care when they come to someone who's a part of the OOA. There's something that we can really stand behind."

–Julie Krize
OOA Member and Practitioner at the Village Healing Centre​

Find Your Osteopathic Manual Practioner at: https://www.ontarioosteopathy.com/

Read the Interview with Jason Haxton By Kurt Witmer on page 18 Issue 12: https://www.osteopathyst.com/issue-12/#page-18K...
08/12/2018
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Read the Interview with Jason Haxton By Kurt Witmer on page 18 Issue 12: https://www.osteopathyst.com/issue-12/#page-18

Kurt sat down with The Director of The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, Jason Ross Haxton to discuss the history of Osteopathy, the preservation of Dr. Stills work, and about drawing connections to modern Osteopathy today.

The Fall 2017 Issue of the Osteopathyst (Vol. 12) features Robert Johnston’s latest “Close to the Bone” feature on diagnosis and treatment. Lee Jarvis talks about the cervical spine motion and the hyoid connection. Samuel Jarman presents “Communication Blocks” describing the troubles of ar...

"There has been much discussion as to whom the credit should be given for the discovery and use of adjustment in the cur...
08/10/2018

"There has been much discussion as to whom the credit should be given for the discovery and use of adjustment in the cure of disease. There is no question in the minds of those osteopathic physicians, who were associated with Dr. Still and knew the history of the growth and development of osteopathy where the credit belongs.

Dr. Still was using manipulative methods for the alleviation of pain and suffering years before the man from Davenport was ever heard of. Hence, to Dr. Still, alone, belongs the credit for the discovery of adjustment of physical defects as a basis for the cure of disease."

-Arthur Hildreth

Dr. Still speaking about the full functional unity of the human body (Research and Practice):49 The human body as a whol...
08/06/2018

Dr. Still speaking about the full functional unity of the human body (Research and Practice):

49 The human body as a whole is a functionary with duties to perform. The brain is a functionary whose duty is to prepare and send forth through the nervous system the forces and fluids necessary to the action of organs of the whole system, none excepted, and that function must be performed to the degree of healthy perfection. The brain secretes, prepares and excretes; and if the brain receives an injury from surgical or other cause, it is not reasonable to suppose that that brain can make the pure and wholesome fluid for the nervous system which is necessary in order to have a healthy and undisturbed condition of the body. We must be sure that every bone is lined up and in its proper position, not held to the right nor the left by any muscular contraction which would follow irritation to the muscle or its nerves. The nervous system comes in as an individualized functionary whose duty it is to receive and distribute nervous forces to the whole system

Read the Interview with Rob Johnston, Principal of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy By Kurt Witmer on page 21 Issue 12...
08/04/2018
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Read the Interview with Rob Johnston, Principal of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy By Kurt Witmer on page 21 Issue 12: https://www.osteopathyst.com/issue-12/#page-21

Kurt sat down with CAO Principal Robert Johnston, to discuss the research projects that the school is undertaking, his new book on the Lower Limbs, and a message to his students as they progress through their courses.

The OOA recognizes the CAO as the leader of Osteopathic education and stands with their vision for Osteopathy in Canada.

The Fall 2017 Issue of the Osteopathyst (Vol. 12) features Robert Johnston’s latest “Close to the Bone” feature on diagnosis and treatment. Lee Jarvis talks about the cervical spine motion and the hyoid connection. Samuel Jarman presents “Communication Blocks” describing the troubles of ar...

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The OOA is committed to rigorous professional standards and membership criteria. It ensures patient safety by representing practitioners with the highest level of manual osteopathic training.

The OOA stands by the quality of its membership and is committed to protecting the patient community in providing reliable, affordable and effective osteopathic care.

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The OOA and its membership put these tenets first.


  • Transparency in education and affiliation

  • Responsibility to the laws of Ontario

  • Safety in osteopathic treatment

  • Ethical practice above all
  • Is your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner safe? Do they provide high quality osteopathic care? Are they a member of a legitimate osteopathic professional association? What do you look for?

    EDUCATION STANDARDS

    All NEW members of the OOA have the following minimum education standard


  • 4 years of osteopathic education at minimum

  • there are no shortcuts to professional standards, accelerated program cut corners.

  • 4200 hours of total education minimum in those 4 years

  • 1000 hours of Supervised Practical Training

  • in a dedicated clinical environment that is insured and supervised by Professional Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
  • PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

    All members of the OOA meet the following minimum professional standard


  • Hold valid malpractice and liability coverage

  • Adhere to OOA Standards of Practice

  • Comply to laws of Ontario

  • CLEAR Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Check

  • Satisfy annual Continuing Education Requirements

  • Completion of Mandatory Safety & Ethics training

  • Ethics & Red-Flags recertification

  • Fraud Prevention Education
  • ASSOCIATION STANDARDS

    The OOA maintains high membership standards with scrutiny


  • Complaints Policy & Procedures in place to protect Patients

  • Anti-Fraud rules in place to protect Insurance Providers

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  • Comprehensive Bylaws & Standards of Practice

  • Educational Institutional Audits by Independent third party education evaluators

  • Entrance Exam to confirm educational outcomes of approved institutions
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