ABOUT MANUAL
OSTEOPATHY

A health care profession founded in 1874 by
Dr. Andrew T.

International Osteopathic Association

Manual osteopathy; also known as pure osteopathy, European osteopathy, drugless osteopathy, and manual osteopathic practice; is a health care profession founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew T. Still in the USA, that focuses on disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal and joint system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Manual osteopathic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal and joints complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Manual osteopaths practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. In addition to manual therapy they are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling and administer physiological therapeutic modalities.


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The International Osteopathic Association (IOA), based in North York, Ontario, Canada, is an international professional association that promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care in manual osteopathy, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of manual osteopathy patients. On behalf of its members, IOA lobbies for pro-osteopathy legislation and policies, promotes a positive public image of manual osteopathy, supports research, and offers leadership for the advancement of the manual osteopathy profession. IOA issues international certificates of registration to manual osteopaths who are graduated from accredited manual osteopathy educational programs and who have successfully passed licensing exams. Manual osteopaths registered with IOA adhere to the code of ethics and professional guidelines set up by IOA.