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Osteopathic Manual Practitioner vs. Osteopath

A common short term used for osteopathic treatment is ‘osteo’. This is similar to chiropractors being called ‘chiros’. However, the term ‘osteo’ has been associated with osteopaths. In the province of Ontario, ‘osteopath’ is a restricted title to members that belong to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). In other words, in Ontario, osteopaths are medical doctors that have gone to medical school and are Doctors of Osteopathy (DO). The term ‘osteopath’ and the title of ‘DO’ can also be found in the United States, United Kingdom and in Quebec.


In Ontario, osteopathic manual practitioners are NOT doctors and have NOT gone to medical school. While the treatment of patients may be similar between osteopathic manual practitioners and osteopaths, they are not the same.


Target Therapeutics offers osteopathic manual therapy by an osteopathic manual practitioner. While they may be referenced by the short term ‘osteo’, they should not be confused with an osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathy.