Osteopathic Training

How much education do Intrinsi osteopathic therapists have?

All of our osteopathic manual therapists have completed a 4-5 year Bachelors or Masters degree in Osteopathy. We look to recruit osteopaths from countries where the high standards of osteopathic education are regulated. In this way you can be confident in our therapist’s high level of knowledge in anatomy, differential diagnosis and orthopaedics. At Intrinsi, our therapists greatly exceed the required 30 hours per year of continued education due to our weekly in house training complimented by yearly external seminars. All our therapists are members of the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists which requires its members to meet or exceed the educational guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization for osteopathy in 2010.
We’re setting the standards for others to follow

Osteopathic therapy is well established in most European countries, but this isn’t the case in Canada. In fact, Intrinsi was one of the first osteopathic clinics in Alberta and that was not long ago in 2007! Countries where osteopathy is established have robust regulatory bodies similar to the College of Physicians and Surgeons or the College of Physiotherapy in Alberta, such that it would be illegal to call yourself a doctor or a physiotherapist without belonging to the respective association. At present osteopathic therapy is self-regulated through membership of the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists (AAOMT). This organization only accepts members with high, educational training, and has standards equivalent to many european osteopathic regulatory bodies. Be aware that currently, in Canada, there are some ‘osteopathic therapists’ graduating from courses that are less than a year in length. Such therapists are not members of the AAOMT. As osteopathic therapy becomes more established and educational criteria become standardized across the provinces this discrepancy will cease to exist. But until then, if you receive treatment from a therapist that isn’t part of the Intrinsi team, please ensure that they are a full member of the AAOMT.