Saturday, July 22, 2017

Malaysian physiotherapist writes about NAO

To become successful you must learn how to manage your business effectively. That is why we teach our students everything we know about business. The result is that we graduate successful manual osteopaths. Our business management & life improvement lectures are quite popular with our students.

Physiotherapist Renee Soong traveled all the way from Malaysia to attend the on-campus Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (D.O.M.P.) program of NAO in Toronto and we are so grateful for her dedication to study osteopathy. Here is part of the post she published about her education at NAO. 

"After enrolling at National Academy of Osteopathy, I was amazed by the teaching method conducted by NAO which is entirely different compared to conventional method of teaching.
Therefore, it is easier to learn most of the subjects, especially practical sessions than learning in other learning institutions.
What I learnt the most from NAO is the life philosophies and business ideas shared by Dr Pourgol. This makes NAO unique compare to other institutions."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Business Management & Self Improvement in Osteopathic Education

We offer more than osteopathic education. We graduate successful manual osteopaths because we teach them everything we know about business and self improvement. Here is an email received from one of our students in Toronto.

Hi Dr. Pourgol,
When I signed up to study Osteopathy through online studies I had no idea that I would gain more than Osteopathy knowledge. Ever since I watched the Schultz hour lecture in the Business management module my life has never been the same. I am a single mother of 3 and work in a hectic health setting and now deliberately take time every week to myself to relax and allow my Frontal Cortex to work. This has helped me not only to visualize how I want to pursue my career as a Manual Osteopath after graduation but also helped me put my personal life into perspective.
I will never forget this lecture and appreciate all you do to inspire us to think bigger than our current limitations.
Vez Nkomo 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Registered massage therapist Amanda Marshall writes about NAO

I started to look at various school and which ones would be best to attend for the osteopathy program. I did my research and compared many of the schools and National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) was the one I found to be the best.

I am currently an online student at NAO. I am definitely enjoying what I have learned so far, it is quite interesting. I love the new osteopathic techniques that I have been learning and the business side of things as well.

Based on what I have learned so far, I do feel like this school really prepares you and teaches you how to make more and keep more in your pocket instead of always having to dish out you hard working money. 

Dr Nuzum Writes to Dr Pourgol

World famous natural health expert, American naprapath & osteopathic manual practitioner, Dr Daniel Nuzum (from Idaho, USA) is one of our alumni as well as being one of our professors. Dr Nuzum also serves as one of our members of Board of Governors. Thank you Dr Nuzum for this kind and beautiful post.

Today I wish to honor my good friend Dr. Shahin Pourgol. He is an amazing Doctor, friend and school President. He has impeccable integrity and is always striving to improve himself, his family and his school. Thank you Dr. Pourgol for all that you do for us at both National Academy of Osteopathy!
Dr. Daniel Nuzum

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Registered massage therapist Rachel Orr, RMT writes about NAO

I knew I was not helping my clients to manage pain and symptoms in the most efficient and effective way possible, because there was so much more to know and a whole different way to think about it. Osteopathy was that magical knowledge that was just out of my grasp.

I had made a plan that after 5 years as an R.M.T. I would enroll in an Osteopathic college. The day had come and I enrolled to find out something even more magical had happened, and I was pregnant with my daughter.

I resolved that to get one dream, others have to put on hold or abandoned. After having children, time and money become obstacles that are harder to overcome than in our younger more "fancy-free" days. Plus, 4-5 years at an Osteopathic College, with a young child, not to mention the cost, and I was already down to part time as a massage therapist. It didn't make sense anymore. The money and time were just not there. So I put my dream of being a Manual Osteopath to the back of my mind and that was that.

A few years later, a dear friend of mine reminded me of my long lost dream. Life had settled some, there was a little more time and a little more money, but again it still didn't justify 4-5 years and the cost of a university education in my 40's. Sometimes dreams just don't get to come true.

My friend had found a school, National Academy of Osteopathy in North York, Ontario, and I could get my dream in 6 months full time or a year part time AND still work and be home with my daughter for a fraction of the cost of the 4 and 5 year schools? What?! Not possible I said! Can't be true! I don't believe it... what's the catch? Can't be a real school! It is, it really is. I called the Registrar (to the point of abuse!) to confirm it is indeed a real school and they condense the program so you can get it done and get your dream!

Dr. Shahin Pourgol loves osteopathy and wants you to take the program in its entirety in a condensed time frame so you can get out and work and share Osteopathy with the world. It's a genius concept and I am so grateful. Without his forward thinking I would have missed out on a profession I have so deeply found meaning and success in!

Thank you Dr. Pourgol from the bottom of my heart. Your passion and forward thinking have allowed so many of us to gain this knowledge and make you proud.

To try it for yourself, please contact me at and let me introduce you to a whole new way of healing!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First Female Canadian Muay Time Champion Helped by Osteopathy

Canadian Janice Lyn, the International Federation of Muay Thai champion has been nominated to represent Canada at the prestigious WORLD GAMES competition in Wroclaw, Poland, in July 2017. Janice is the first woman in history to represent Canada in Muay Thai. She has 7 titles including being champions of IFMA, WKA, IKF, & TBA. 

Manual osteopath, Jay David, DOMP, a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy is providing osteopathic care to Janice to keep her in top shape. 

To make an appointment with Jay, please contact him at St Joseph’s Osteopathy Clinic ( in Mississauga. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Students Provide Amazing Osteopathic Care!

We have a number of students who joined us after receiving a treatment from one of our alumni. Kinesiologist Matthew Bruce is one of them.

The way we teach osteopathy is unique and highly effective as we focus on techniques that are systematic, global and research proven. Here is what Matthew posted recently:

“I had a personal experience with chronic pain when I had a snowboarding accident and injured my knee. I tried different types of treatments but found Osteopathy very hands on and very different from the other health professions. There is a very high sense of care for the patients. It convinced me that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

I researched several schools and received treatments from their respective student clinics and chose the National Academy of Osteopathy’s (NAO) full time advanced program for my education.” 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Helping Foreign Physiotherapists Work in Canada

Did you know we help many International Medical Graduates work in Canada as health professionals? 
It takes foreign graduated physiotherapists usually about five years to obtain a license to practice as a physiotherapist in Canada. Many of these IMGs choose to study osteopathy at National Academy of Osteopathy which enables them to start working after 6 months of osteopathic educations in Canada.

Many of these IMGs remain as manual osteopaths because with 98% rate, manual osteopaths have the highest job satisfaction of all other health professions. This is mainly due to the success of osteopathy in treating chronic last resort cases.

Here is a post from Elias, a foreign graduated physiotherapist (not licensed in Ontario) who is an NAO student:

Like many immigrant healthcare professionals, the biggest barrier to practicing in this country is my lack of Canadian credentials. Although I arrived in Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, a diploma in Rhythmic Massage, a lifetime of self-directed study and 20 years of practical therapeutic experience, the path to success remains elusive. I have found part-time work at an advanced health clinic in Toronto and take on private clients but without Canadian credentials my clients cannot claim my treatments for insurance purposes. I had to obtain the Canadian credentials that would build on my already considerable knowledge and experience as a therapist.

Through much research it became obvious that obtaining my credentials as a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner would be the perfect fit. This gentle, effective, supportive therapy integrated with the other techniques that I use would be of great benefit to my clients. Finding the appropriate school was the next step. I needed a strong curriculum, accreditation, plus a manageable time frame and affordable fees. I had to continue working while I attended the courses so I also needed a program that I could integrate into my already busy schedule. Although I found many options available only the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) met all of my criteria.

My recent participation in the NAO’s accelerated six month program is just what I required. Not only is the NAO’s Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice a recognized professional accreditation in Canada but it expands my ability to bring a knowledgeable, balanced, well-rounded approach to my clients. The training I’m receiving in osteopathy-specific manual techniques is an aspect of treatment that was missing in my practice prior to attending the NAO.

The ability to safely and effectively relieve my client’s pain by manipulating their joints using these new osteopathy methods adds another tool in my kit as a therapist. I am already able to integrate these new techniques into my client’s treatment sessions with measurable results.

I have never felt comfortable with the business aspect of my work. I always felt a mild anxiety whenever I had to deal with money or paperwork concerning my practice. Through the many business lectures at the NAO I am learning key components that clarify my understanding of best practices and stress the logical steps that are required to running a successful business in Canada. The strong business component at the NAO is foundational and helping me chart a manageable course so I can take my therapeutic practice to the next level with confidence.

Osteopathy’s emphasis on the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body strengthens my ability to assist my clients and ensures they receive the best care and optimal relief from their symptoms. The osteopathy-specific techniques of manual manipulation and massage of the bones, muscles, and joints is enhancing my ability to not only diagnose but to effectively treat my clients. The application of these techniques coupled with solid business practices is providing the sound foundation that I require to offer the optimal healthcare benefits and financial experience my clients expect.

Manual osteopath

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Did you know osteopathy improves your posture?

Osteopathy is a lot more than a miracle cure for chronic pain. It also helps in improving posture among other things.

Here is a testimonial by a patient of Adam Hanaei, a student of National Academy of Osteopathy who practices in two clinics. To make an appointment with Adam please contact him at:

Complement Healthcare
West Vancouver Community Centre
Suite 260 – 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7V 4Y2
Phone: 604-925-2225
Yaletown Wellness
878 Hamilton Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6A2
Tel. (604) 633 - 0998
Cell phone: 6046559943

Aligned and inspired! I was lucky to find Dr. Ahmadreza (Adam) at the Yaletown Wellness center. I have been working to improve my posture for some time. So I was aware of Osteopathy but never had the chance to try it with a professional. I had tried a version of it where you get yanked by the neck and hope for the best. This is so different. Dr. Ahmadreza therapy feels like a relaxing massage. You can tell he is very patient with you and your muscles because he handles you very delicately. Dr. Ahmedreza explained to me what was happening to my body, how the muscles, the bones, and the nerves were all one system. That is the beauty of his approach; it’s a holistic way of improving yourself. You can tell he is very passionate about Osteopathy. After the therapy I felt balanced. I could stand in my two feet and stayed aligned. The feeling was great. I highly recommend Dr. Ahmedreza and the Yaletown Wellness center team: Melanie, Andy, everybody is great there. Go, your body will thank you.

Did you know chiropractors routinely refer chronic, hard to treat cases to manual osteopaths?

Manual osteopaths perform miracles with last resort cases. Here is a testimonial from a patient who was referred by her chiropractor to see manual osteopath Trevor Cragg, DOMP a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy. We are so proud of our alumni. They do miracles on daily basis.

Trevor practices at Balanced Body Osteopathy in Uxbridge, Ontario (Canada):

“I had been suffering with pain in several areas of my body for many years and had come to the conclusion that I just needed to “live with it”.
I had tried various treatment options with only minimal and temporary relief. It was then suggested to me by both an RMT and a chiropractor to explore osteopathic treatment. I did some research and called to book an appointment with a reputable osteopath in town, but was put on a long waiting list. This is when I was given Trevor Cragg’s name by my chiropractor. I contacted Trevor and he immediately responded and was able to see me within the week.
After my first appointment, I was amazed with the improved mobility in both my neck and shoulders and have experienced a diminished frequency of headaches. With further appointments, Trevor was able to locate other areas in need of correction (rotated pelvis, compressed ribs, rotator cuffs, SI joint pain).
With each treatment, I have noticed improvements with my pain level and the way that my body is moving. I am now able to sit cross-legged at yoga without pain in my hips, complete some Pilates exercises that were impossible before and experience less knee pain while walking/hiking. He was even able to correct some wrist pain that I was experiencing due to the nature of my job and is exploring how some visceral work can help to improve the natural motility of my abdominal organs.
I always joke with Trevor that he is “magical” because he is able to pinpoint with great accuracy areas in my body that are causing pain, but the real truth, is that Trevor is a naturally gifted osteopath. He has a very positive energy, is extremely knowledgeable and is always willing to answer questions and explain how the body works.
I feel so fortunate to have found Trevor and would highly recommend his services to anyone who is experiencing pain anywhere in their body. I feel better than I have in years! I am exercising more, I feel stronger and because I am virtually pain-free, I’m very motivated to make positive changes to improve my overall health.
Thank you, Trevor – I am forever grateful for all you have done!
Carolyn Wakefield Barnier
Teacher – Durham District School Board