Monday, November 3, 2014

Referral Sources of Manual Osteopaths

Who Refers Patients to Manual Osteopaths?

A 2013 survey done in North America & Europe indicates that manual osteopaths receive the most number of patients through word of mouth referrals of their own patients. The second most common source of patient referral is from family physicians. Here are the most common sources of patients referrals to European style manual osteopaths. The amount is in percentage.

Friend of patient  29.1%
Medical Doctor (M.D.) 18.5%
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 6.4%
Chiropractor 1.3%
Chinese medicine 4.1%
Physiotherapist 10.6%
Counselor/psychologist 3.4%
Podiatrist 4.4%
Dietician 1.1%
Personal trainer 5.5%
Massage therapist 9.1%

National Academy of Osteopathy offers a diploma program in osteopathic manual practice, in 6 to 12 months (depending on student's prior health education) worldwide through a 100% online program or in-campus at its York University Heights campus in Toronto.

NAO is the first and only manual osteopathic college that is accepted as an affiliate member of Ontario Hospital Association. NAO is accredited by the IOA, CMOEB, COMPO, OCORS, BCORS, ACORS., IOEB, CMOE, OOAMA and other organizations.

NAO is currently the largest provider of European style manual osteopathic education. It teaches manual osteopathy in 45 countries. To receive more information visit or send an email to

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