The Manitoba Osteopathic Association (MOA) is a voluntary organization that supervises manual osteopaths who are its members in the public interest. MOA is not a regulatory health association and membership is voluntary. Please contact MOA if you require any information about the following:
- Registration status of a manual osteopath who is a MOA member.
- MOA standards of practice, policies and guidelines.
- Filing a complaint against a MOA member.
- Filing a report.
- Disciplinary decisions against a MOA member.
- Any other inquiry or concern related to the practice of the osteopathy profession..
Policies and Guidelines
The Manitoba Osteopathic Association (MOA) develops and enforces its Standards of Practice, Policies and Guidelines on members.
MOA guidelines and policies assist manual osteopaths to practice in a professional and ethical manner.
Scope of Practice and Authorized Acts
Scope of Practice
Manual osteopaths in Manitoba (Canada) are primary health practitioners who facilitate healing through osteopathic assessment and treatment of dysfunctions of the whole person, with a focus on neuromusculoskeletal and joint disorders. Manual osteopaths use various, recognised osteopathic techniques (such as osteoarticular joint mobilization, muscle energy, osteopathy in the cranial field, visceral manipulation, strain/counterstrain, positional facilitated release, lymphatic drainage, thermogenic, oscillatory, global, balanced ligamentous tension, sports energy technique, myofascial release technique, etc) to work with the body's ability to heal itself, thereby promoting health and wellbeing.
There are a number of acts that are considered authorized acts and outside the scope of practice of MOA members. Manual osteopaths are prohibited by law to provide any of these acts in Manitoba , unless they are a dual registrant with a license in another health profession that permits them to provide the acts listed below:
- Communicating a medical diagnosis identifying, as the cause of a person's symptoms (MOA members may provide a osteopathic diagnosis, but not a medical diagnosis).
- Moving the joints beyond a person's usual physiological range of motion using a high velocity, low amplitude thrust (called manipulation, HVLA or grade 5 mobilization).
- Putting a finger beyond the anal verge for the purpose of manipulating or mobilizing the coccyx.
- Injection of any kind and breaking the skin, & surgery of any type.
- Prescribing any type of medication.
- Taking x-rays and offering radiological services.
- Casting and or bracing bone fractures.
- Setting dislocated joints.