Manual Osteopathy Scope of Practice

 

International Osteopathic Association

Manual osteopathy constitute vast array of techniques dealing with many conditions. Even though most techniques may have validity; in order to define a clear international scope of practice for manual osteopathic practice; International Osteopathic Association accepts and recommends only the manual techniques that have clear; research proven applications.

Osteopathic techniques such as osteopathic soft tissue therapy (STT), osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), muscle energy technique (MET), and osteoarticular mobilization (MOB) have been proven to be highly effective for conditions relating to neuromusculoskeletal and joints systems such as low back pain, neck pain, and pain in the upper and lower limbs. International Osteopathic Association endorses these techniques and encourages osteopaths only to use techniques that have been proven scientifically.

International Osteopathic Association defines the practice of osteopathy as the clinical management of conditions related to the neuromusculoskeletal and joints systems and the treatment, primarily by manual therapy (such as soft tissue therapy, osteopathic manipulative medicine, muscle energy technique, and joint mobilization) of dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the joints and muscles.


International Osteopathic Association defines the practice of manual osteopathy as the clinical management of conditions related to the neuromusculoskeletal and joints systems and the treatment, primarily by manual therapy (such as soft tissue therapy and joint mobilization) of dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the joints and muscles.


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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.