WELCOME TO THE GENERAL OSTEOPATHIC COUNCIL OF CANADA
Safe, effective and ethical practice of Manual Osteopathy
The General Osteopathic Council of Canada was founded in August 2006 as a not-for-profit, Professional Association (previously known as Ontario Registry Board for Osteopathic Physicians since 2003) by a group of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. In Ontario, the registry body is known as General Osteopathic Council of Ontario (GOCO).
THE PRACTICE OF MANUAL OSTEOPATHY
Manual Osteopathy evaluates connective tissue disorders, which include injuries of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory and nervous systems, treatment is carried out by the use of connective tissue manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, postural and nutritional counseling, and the use of the effective properties of physiological mobilization of soft tissue for the purpose of preventing, correcting, or alleviating a physical disability.
Osteopathic practice includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of contractures, muscle spasms, inflammation, scar tissue formation, adhesions, lesions, laxity, hypotonicity, rigidity, structural imbalance, muscular atrophy, and partial separation of connective tissue fibers.
GOCO / GOCC MANDATE
Our mandate is to promote the practice of safe and effective Manual Osteopathy Practice by adhering to The World Health Organization’s Benchmark Training and standards in Osteopathy and to ensure that members are held to a strict Code of Professional Ethics and Accountability.
The GOCO / GOCC promote public awareness of manual osteopathic care and adhere to these objectives:
To maintain a Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct in order to protect the interest and rights of patients.
To advocate on behalf of members.
To affiliate with other Osteopathic Associations locally and internationally to promote the effective delivery of manual Osteopathic care.
Spread Manual Osteopathic philosophy by advertising: Media, Sponsorship, Wellness Expositions, Seminars and Lectures.
To develop sponsorship and support for international relief and assistance projects and to recruit additional resource partners.
To provide the public, a listing of trained practitioners who uphold the Code of Professional Practice and Conduct.