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Ontario Association of Osteopathic Practitioners (OAOP) is a voluntary, not for profit, a professional association in Ontario. It is committed to establishing and maintaining standards for safe and effective osteopathic treatment, mandating accountability, ethical practice and continuing education among its members, promoting osteopathic health care to the public, and providing a list of practitioners to the people whose training and qualifications are of the highest standard.
The Association 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.
Osteopathy applies the knowledge of the structure and function of the body, to all diseases, disorders and dysfunctions, taking “manual” approach and being consistent with the osteopathic philosophy.
In Canada, osteopaths refer to the trained osteopathic manual practitioners, while in the United States of America, the osteopath is recognized as a branch of the medical profession called osteopathic physicians.