Friday, June 24, 2016

100% Annual Income Increase

100% Annual Income Increase

100% of National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) graduates in Canada with prior health education (such as massage therapists, chiropractors and physiotherapists) increased their annual gross income after becoming a manual osteopath. 33.3% of them increased their annual income by 31 to 40% in 2015.

NAO Alumni Income Source

Did you know 44.4% of the annual gross income earned by National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) graduates in Canada came from private health insurance payments (most extended health plan insurers cover osteopathy services provided by our graduates).

33.3% of our alumni gross income in 2015 came from patients paying cash and 22.2% came from auto insurance payments for those injured in an MVA (all auto insurers pay for osteopathic care provided by NAO graduates to accident patients). 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy World Osteopathy Day

Happy World Osteopathy Day from all staff and faculty of National Academy of Osteopathy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Annual income of Over $150,000 per year

Did you know the NAO alumni survey 2015 reported that 11.1% of National Academy of Osteopathy graduates in Canada made over $150,000 in 2015?

Monday, June 20, 2016

NAO Alumni Survey (2015)

We have started taking annual survey of National Academy of Osteopathy graduates of the diploma in osteopathic manual practice program. Here are some highlights of the survey done on our Canadian alumni in 2015:

Average age of NAO graduates (2015) in Canada:
25% are 18 to 30
37.5% are 31 to 40
25% are 41 to 50
12.5% are over 50 years old.

37.50% are females
62.50% are males

Type of Employment
61.5% of NAO graduates in 2015 were self employed, working in their own clinics. 30.80% were employed by others.

Type of Practice
66.7% worked in a multidisciplinary clinic. 11.1% worked in a medical office.

Practice Name
88.9% considered where they work a private health clinic. 22.2% also considered their workplace a wellness center.

Osteopathic Techniques
100% of NAO graduates used osteopathic osteoarticular joint mobilization technique and muscles energy techniques. 77.8% used osteopathic soft tissue therapy. 44.4% used cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation. 22.2% used positional facilitated release technique & lymphatic drainage. 11.1% used still’s technique, strain/counterstrain, manual mechanotherapy, balanced ligamentous tension technique, and others.

Osteopathic Diagnosis
100% of NAO graduates used palpation in 2015. 77.8% used static joint plan and mobility testing.

Previous Health Background
55.6% of NAO graduates did not have previous health education background when they started osteopathic education. 44.4% were health professionals in other fields such as massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, kinesiology, athletic therapy and medicine.   

Other Services
11.1% of NAO graduated manual osteopaths in 2015 also offered acupuncture services and weight loss program. 22.2% offered exercise program and kinesiology taping.

Working With Other Health Professionals
In 2015, NAO graduates worked as manual osteopaths alongside of a number of health professionals in the same location including, a family physician (11.1%), physiotherapist (33.3%), massage therapist (77.8%), chiropractor (22.2%), homeopath (11.1%), athletic therapist (11.1%), & naturopath (22.2%).

Hourly Fees
56.5% of NAO graduates in 2015 charged $81 to $100 per hour for one hour of osteopathic care.

Annual Income
11.1% of Canadian NAO graduates in 2015 had annual gross income of over $150,000. 11.1% had annual gross income of $100,000 to $149,999. 33.3% had annual gross income of $90,000 to $99,999. 22.2% had annual gross income of $80,000 to $89,999.

Clinic Expenses: Rent
75% paid rents of lower than $1000 per month.

Clinic Expenses: Malpractice Insurance
50% of NAO graduates paid $100 to $500 per year for malpractice insurance.

Clinic Expenses: Association Membership
75% of NAO graduates in 2015 paid between $100 to $500 for association membership.

Patient Increase
33.3% of NAO graduates in 2015 who had prior health education before starting osteopathic education (such as massage therapists, physiotherapists, athletic therapists & chiropractors) saw an increase of 20 to 30 more patient visits per week after they become manual osteopaths. 33.3% saw an increase of 6 to 10 more patient visits per week after offering osteopathic services in their clinics. 

Income Increase
100% of NAO graduates in 2015 (with previous health education) reported that their annual gross income has increased after they started offering osteopathy in their clinics.

Annual Income Increase
33.3% of NAO graduates with previous health background prior to starting osteopathic education (such as massage therapists, physiotherapists and chiropractors) reported an annual increase of 31 to 40% in their annual gross income after they started offering osteopathy.
33.3% of NAO graduates with previous health education reported an increase of 21 to 30% in their annual income.

22.2% of NAO graduates sold retail items in their clinics (such as nutritional supplements, support hose, orthotics, etc).

Clinic Income: Insurance
44.4% of NAO graduates in Canada received (in 2015) 61 to 100% of their annual income from extended health plan insurers (private health plans).  

Clinic Income: Cash
33.3% of NAO graduates in Canada received (in 2015) 91 to 100% of their annual gross income from cash patients.

Clinic Income: MVA
22.2% of NAO graduates in Canada in 2015 received 11 to 30% of their annual income from motor vehicle accident insurers.

Overall Satisfaction With Osteopathy
88.8% of NAO graduates in Canada were completely satisfied (5 out of 5), while 11.1% were very satisfied (4 out of 5) with their career as manual osteopaths. 100% of alumni surveyed were happy with their choice to become manual osteopaths.

Overall Satisfaction With National Academy of Osteopathy
93.8% of Canadian NAO graduates in 2015 were happy with the osteopathic education they received at NAO.

Referral to NAO
98.2% of NAO graduates would refer NAO to others who wish to study manual osteopathy. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Alberta Licensed Massage Therapist Testimonial

A post from one of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy, licensed massage therapist Dawn Howthorne Simpson (owner of Nisku Massage Clinic in Alberta, Canada).

Dawn Hawthorne Simpson feeling blessed.
2 hrs ago
we love osteopathy

Dr Pourgol - I love your video lectures ! You have a great mix of humour and technical information that really creates enjoyable and effortless learning.

Thank you so much.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Makes Our Education Different?

Our education differs from other schools because we teach our students everything we know about managing their business. Our students learn a lot about how to run, market and manage their clinics effectively. Our lectures include varied topics such as tax planning, asset protection, marketing, public relations, accounting, investing and financial planning.

We strongly believe a successful graduate is a happy graduate and that society as a whole improves with success of our graduates. A successful graduate spends more, and helps charities more often. This would result in the economy being stimulated once a person has better purchase power.

It is a common knowledge that money improves quality of life. However there was not much research available to back this up. In the past few years a number of research projects have shown this to be true.

The most recent research published by the Toronto Star, and done by PhD graduate student, Annie Xiaoyu Gong and her team at McGill University indicates that “Higher income increases people’s life satisfaction in general”.

The word “money” is a taboo in healthcare. We do not agree. We believe you can be a great health professional while also being financially successful.

We graduate successful health professionals and that is what helped us become the number one provider of manual osteopathic education in the world, teaching in 68 countries.

You can study manual osteopathy in many schools. However to learn about how to manage and grow your practice with proven effective tips, then we are your only choice. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Still Techniques: the Forgotten Osteopathic Techniques

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO (founder of osteopathy) developed many methods of treatments. In one such method (commonly known as the Still Techniques) the patient is initially moved away from the dysfunctional barrier, then a well-directed focusing force is applied, during which the dysfunctional joint is carried through a path of least resistance into the barrier. 

The Still technique loosens the ligaments and tendons binding a joint by first moving away from the barrier into relaxation, and then reverses direction to allow the joint to slide back into place while the supporting ligaments and tendons are relaxed

The Still techniques never gained popularity with early osteopaths because easier and quicker osteopathic manual therapy techniques were available to osteopaths. 

Still techniques, the ground breaking methods of relaxing the soft tissue and then settling the joint were somewhat forgotten until Dr. Richard VanBuskirk, DO published “The Still Technique Manual” in 2000. 

Now these techniques have regained the popularity they deserve as a number of schools including National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) have added them to the curriculum of their manual osteopathy programs. 

Dr Daniel Nuzum, NMD, DO teaches Still Techniques which is uploaded to our video servers for our registered students to watch.