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RITMA Osteopaths Association

RITMA Osteopaths Association

Clarifications on the topic of a professional order in osteopathy

First of all, the RITMA Association of Osteopaths would like to send you the results last week’s email exchange with Thierry Fournier, political advisor in the office of the Minister of Justice , Mrs. Sonia LeBel, which follows phone exchanges between RITMA and the firm. You will see that Mr. Fournier, responsible for the file of the professional order of osteopaths, clarifies without ambiguity certain false information conveyed recently.


Below are the relevant text excerpts from the Q and R questions of this exchange, dated May 5.


PRESS RELEASE - August 2019

Quebec osteopathic associations consult

Montreal, August 23, 2019 – On the initiative of the RITMA Group, which alone gathers more than 650 Quebec osteopaths, the representatives of the associations that bring together the vast majority of osteopaths in the province met on Wednesday evening to take stock of the situation of osteopathy in Quebec and discussed ways to unite to ask the provincial government to act to protect the practitioners and beneficiaries of this approach.



June 2019 -

You will find, in the attachment, RITMA's reaction to the article published yesterday in connection with the judgment rendered by Judge Lavergne against fellow osteopaths.


Note that our reaction will be limited to this press release.



As of August 2019, there is no Order of Osteopaths in Quebec and this profession is not legislated. The Office des professions has also issued a press release to this effect and invites people to exercise good judgment when it comes to creating an order. Associations such as RITMA, Ostéopathie Québec, as well as all the other groups of Osteopaths do not have legal authority.

RITMA Osteopaths Association is open to all graduates, who work in the field of Osteopathy within the province of Quebec.

If you graduated in osteopathy, RITMA Osteopath Association offers you the opportunity to become a member.

Definition of Osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment are aimed at restoring and preserving the balance between structure and function within the different systems of the human body.

This specialty is defined by its global approach, which allows for an evaluation of the mechanical and functional systems as well as posture.  Osteopathic treatments involve specific manual maneuvers based on the results of this assessment.

Because osteopathy addresses the functional pathologies, it utilizes and recognizes the need for a medical evaluation to establish the eventual organisms of the existing pathology.

RITMA requires that the applicant possess an equivalence diploma or have successfully completed a training in osteopathic studies.



To meet RITMA's eligibility criteria, every osteopathic school or educational institute must offer a comprehensive training program.

Several osteopathy courses are offered in Quebec. The college or academy that offers training in osteopathy must integrate hours of practical and theoretical training as well as knowledge of the administrative sector such as professional ethics, deontology and management.

The osteopathic study includes a component of touch techniques, but also the in-depth study of the anatomy and functioning of the entire human body.

We invite you to discuss at length with the managers before choosing your training center.

The curriculum is important, but so is the vision and the school of thought.


RITMA's criteria are based on those of the World Health Organization.



The public network, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sport (MELS) in Quebec, does not offer training in osteopathy, so there is no public program for the training of this profession. The programs to become an osteopath are offered by private schools, colleges or professional training centers in osteopathy.

Vigilance is required for online osteopathy courses, distance training or correspondence, given the type of skills to be developed in manual technique maneuvers. The osteopathy courses include a theoretical training component and a practical or clinical training component by skills.

It will be possible for the qualified person to practice their profession of osteopath across Quebec, because osteopathy is more and more in demand.

Once graduated, the osteopath will become an independent professional and will be able to practice his profession in an already established private clinic, often multidisciplinary, or even open their own office.

It is common for the osteopath to join a clinic to work collegially with other health professionals.

The osteopath's salary may vary depending on the clinics where they practice their profession.




In Quebec, the initial training of osteopaths is offered by private schools. The vocational school that provides training in osteopathy must teach the technique, how to successfully touch, perform manipulations and movements and develop the skills inherent to the profession. The osteopath will have in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. The complete course in osteopathy is normally and minimally between 4 and 6 years depending on the school (4200 hours), or 1200 and 1500 hours (depending on the WHO type 2 program, offered to health professionals). Some schools require the submission of a dissertation (thesis). Variations in these formations are observed at the provincial, national and international levels.


Osteopathy is an unconventional therapeutic approach based on the idea that manual manipulations of the musculoskeletal and myofascial system can relieve certain functional disorders.



If you have a degree in osteopathy, RITMA’s Association of Osteopaths offers the opportunity to become a member.

RITMA association encourages continuing education for its members, who may benefit from industry improvements and new skills or techniques, in order to remain at the top of their profession.  Keep in mind that every additional class or course taken in any alternative medicine discipline may be considered when calculating your total number of hours for continuing education.   

Important Osteopathy

Accreditation Requirements for Osteopaths

RITMA Osteopath Association, like the other RITMA Associations, has its own code of ethics and regulations that members are required to comply under penalty of expulsion.

Code of ethics for RITMA Association

As a professional association representing practitioners of several alternative and complementary medicines, RITMA association requires that all its members hold an Errors and Omissions insurance. For the respect of our members, we want them to be well protected.