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How is this program different from others?
The curriculum developed and directed by Dr. Norets is based on Clinical Osteopathy and Dr. Norets' diverse clinical experience. Our focus is on diagnostic palpation and manual treatment techniques in a more active and dynamic fashion.

We teach our students to think clinically and osteopathically. Students learn to find and treat the source of the problem as opposed to simply treating symptoms. This approach produces long-term results. It is more important that our students will gain the confidence in their skills quickly on the basis of their newly acquired knowledge.

What is Clinical Osteopathy?
Clinical means pertaining to a clinic or concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients rather than experimentation or theory. It does not mean that in Clinical Osteopathy we ignore theory, rather we are focusing on observation, analysis and treatment of different conditions using theoretical considerations and practical knowledge.

Is this program full-time?
No. The program is geared towards existing practitioners. The program is conveniently held on weekends, once per month to accommodate our students current work schedules.

After graduating what will my designation be?
Graduates receive a Diploma in Osteopathy Manipulative Practice.

Is osteopathy a regulated profession in Ontario?
There is no governing body for osteopathy in Ontario. There have been previous attempts at regulation, all of which have been unsuccessful. The most recent attempt began over 10 years ago and is still in the early stages of organization. It is not possible to predict whether manual osteopathy will ever become regulated in Ontario. However graduates of the Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy will be eligible to become members of the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals, Society of Osteopaths of Canada and the Ontario Council of Drugless Osteopathy which will allow insurance companies to ensure that billing practitioners are graduates from an institution.

How can only one module benefit my existing practice?
Each module has a specific topic which is maximally covered with theory and practice. Our focus is to give you sufficient practical knowledge, and train you with hands on skills for effective manual treatment that can successfully be used in your practice subsequently.

Some programs take 5 years to complete, why is this program 3 years?
Our 3 year program consists of modules, tests, independent study, and written requirements as well as clinical rotations and examinations. Our focus is on the diagnostic and treatment techniques of clinical osteopathy more than on abstract theories. By using this distinctive approach we significantly intensify the learning process reducing the time frame and increasing the effectiveness of learning.

For example, our program has 3 modules of Cranial Osteopathy and 3 modules of Visceral Osteopathy, where you will gain all of the necessary theoretical information and sufficient practical skills for an effective Cranial and Visceral Osteopathy practice. At another institution you may need to attend numerous courses, but still not gain a full understanding of patient clinical conditions or will not develop sufficient practical skills for the application of appropriate treatment techniques.

(From Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology prepared by the Glossary Review Committee sponsored by the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
allopathy: A therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by producing a second condition that is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first.
allopath: A term used to refer those holding a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, a non-osteopathic medical degree.
osteopathy (osteopathic medicine): A complete system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with current practice of medicine, surgery and obstetrics. Emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function, and has an appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.
osteopathic philosophy: a concept of health care supported by expanding scientific knowledge that embraces the concept of the unity of the living organism's structure (anatomy) and function (physiology). Osteopathic philosophy emphasizes the following principles: 1. The human being is a dynamic unit of function. 2. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms that are self-healing in nature. 3. Structure and function are interrelated at all levels. 4. Rational treatment is based on these principles.
osteopathic musculoskeletal evaluation: The osteopathic musculoskeletal evaluation provides information regarding the health of the patient. Utilizing the concepts of body unity, self-regulation and structure-function interrelationships, the osteopathic physician uses data from the musculoskeletal evaluation to assess the patient's status and develop a treatment plan.
models of osteopathic care: Five models that articulate how an osteopathic practitioner seeks to influence a patient's physiological processes.
structural model, the goal of the structural model is biomechanical adjustment and the mobilization of joints. This model also seeks to address problems in the myofascial connective tissues, as well as in the bony and soft tissues to remove restrictive forces and enhance motion. This is accomplished by the use of a wide range of osteopathic manipulative techniques such as high velocity-low amplitude, muscle energy, counterstrain, myofascial release, ligamentous articular techniques and functional techniques.
respiratory-circulatory model, the goal of the respiratory-circulatory model is to improve all of the diaphragm restrictions in the body. Diaphragms are considered to be "transverse restrictors" of motion, venous and lymphatic drainage and cerebrospinal fluid. The techniques used in this model osteopathy in the cranial field, ligamentous articular strain, myofascial release and lymphatic pump techniques.
metabolic model, the goal of the metabolic model is to enhance the selfregulatory and self-healing mechanisms, to foster energy conservation by balancing the body's energy expenditure and exchange, and to enhance immune system function, endocrine function and organ function. The osteopathic considerations in this area are not manipulative in nature except for the use of lymphatic pump techniques. Nutritional counseling, diet and exercise advice are the most common approaches to balancing the body through this model.
neurologic model, the goal of the neurologic model is to attain autonomic balance and address neural reflex activity, remove facilitated segments, decrease afferent nerve signals and relieve pain. The osteopathic manipulative techniques used to influence this area of patient health include counterstrain and Chapman reflex points.
behavioral model, the goal of this model is to improve the biological, psychological and social components of the health spectrum. This includes emotional balancing and compensatory mechanisms. Reproductive processes and behavioral adaption are also included under this model.

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