Information for Patients

How to choose an Osteopathic Practitioner

Osteopathy, as practiced by Osteopathic Practitioners, is currently not a regulated health profession in British Columbia. Therefore, use of the title ‘Osteopathic Practitioner’ does not convey a standard of education like it does in many other health professions. In other words, if someone calls themselves an Osteopathic Practitioner, it does not necessarily mean they have the same standards of training or competency as someone else.

It is important to choose an Osteopathic Practitioner who is a member of an organization that maintains high standards of education and practice, such as OsteopathyBC or organizations affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths.

What to expect in a treatment with an Osteopathic Practitioner?

During a consultation, your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to your complaint. They will assess your whole body before focusing on particular regions as required. Treatment consists of a series of hands-on techniques to release tension, restore balance, and integrate the multiple systems of the body.

How many osteopathic treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments necessary for a particular complaint, condition, or symptom varies. As osteopathy works to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, every Osteopathic Practitioner strives to minimize the number of treatments needed, and often suggests a period of time between treatments for full integration.

Does my extended health cover osteopathy?

Osteopathy is in the private sector and it is fee for service. MSP does not cover osteopathy. However, most major providers of extended health insurance have an established relationship with OsteopathyBC and accept our members as qualified providers. You must consult your specific plan for details.