(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
WHAT TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE DO YOU ACCEPT?
We do not direct bill benefits providers at this time. Please check with your insurance provider to verify coverage for Manual Osteopathy. Below are some of the common providers that have added Manual Osteopath as Extended Benefits:
Canada Life (Great-West Life)
Green Shield Canada
Cowan Insurance Group
Equitable Life of Canada-non virtual only
Alberta Blue Cross
All Health Spending Accounts accept Manual Osteopathy
WHAT IS MANUAL OSTEOPATHY? ARE THEY DOCTORS?
Manual Osteopaths have advanced training in manual osteopathic practice, but they are not medical doctors and cannot diagnose injury, prescribe medication, or request medical diagnostic. They assess and treat patients using an osteopathic philosophy and manual osteopathic techniques. There are schools located throughout the world, including Canada. Manual Osteopaths are versed in whole body systems, injury and dysfunction and will refer to appropriate health professions to provide the best individual care required.
DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?
In Alberta no doctor referral is required. As noted above most insurance providers do not require a doctor referral for claim submission. Check with your insurance provider to understand the claim submission process and the referral requirements.
WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENT DO MANUAL OSTEOPATHIC PROFESSIONALS COMPLETE?
Manual osteopaths identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythm using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Manual osteopaths develop a very sensitive sense of touch to master osteopathic palpation. Osteopathic palpation is what makes manual osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.