RITMA osteopathy

RITMA osteopathy association



The OPQ RECOMMENDS the creation of a DISTINCT order for osteopaths!

Whether we are in favour of an order or not, we can only rejoice that this wait is over.
We understand that an important step has been taken, but that the final decision rests with the Ministry of Education, which will decide whether or not to proceed with this project. The most likely timeline would be for the MEES to announce its decision in February 2023. But obviously, we cannot predict exactly when their decision will be announced.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the OPQ team. At our last meeting on June 6, we noted the evolution since the first document presented in 2017, an evolution that is reflected in their recommendations. In this Opinion presented today, consideration and importance have been given to the osteopathic community. In addition, we can applaud this decision to recommend a DISTINCT order that recognizes the uniqueness of OSTEOPATHY.
During this exchange with the OPQ, mention was made of the importance of the unity of the osteopathic community for the future. This is something we have always supported. We will be ready to collaborate with all stakeholders in this matter.      


RITMA Osteopaths Association was established in 2007 and is open to all osteopathic graduates and candidates to osteopathic diploma.

In 2022, it represents nearly 900 osteopaths out of a community of approximately 3000 osteopaths in Quebec.

The association's primary mission is to certify the training of its member osteopaths in collaboration with quality teaching centers whose curriculum meets the WHO's criteria.

The promotion of osteopathy, governmental representations as well as support to members are part of our daily work. For several years, we have been working hard to support our members in the creation of a professional order.  

RITMA Osteopaths Association has very rigorous eligibility criteria and advocates the supervision of practices and the establishment of high training standards.

It is governed by a code of ethics and regulations that members are required to respect.

It also advocates that all its members hold Errors and Omissions insurance. For the protection of its members and the public.

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.

Osteopathy In Quebec

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.

Osteopathy training

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.

Osteopathy Schools recognized by RITMA

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.

Framing of osteopathy

Encadrement professionnel des ostéopathes - réponses aux questions de la CONSULTATION PUBLIQUE avril 2021

Lettre adressée à l’Office des profession juillet 2019 

Réponse de l'OPQ juillet 2019

Encadrement de l'Ostéopathie – Office des professions 2017

Encadrement de l'Ostéopathie – Office des professions 2015

Position de RITMA

Position de l'ÉPOQ | École professionnelle des ostéopathes du Québec 2017


Les associations d’ostéopathes québécois se concertent

Montréal, le 23 août 2019 – À l’initiative du Groupe RITMA, qui regroupe à elle seule plus de 650 ostéopathes québécois, les représentants des associations qui rassemblent la grande majorité des ostéopathes de la province se sont réunis, mercredi soir, afin de faire le point sur la situation de l’ostéopathie au Québec et de discuter de manières de s’unir pour demander au gouvernement provincial d’agir afin de protéger les praticiens et les bénéficiaires de cette approche.

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Clarifications dans les dossiers d’un ordre professionnel en ostéopathie 

D'abord, l'Association des ostéopathes RITMA tient à vous faire suivre les résultats de son échange courriel de la semaine dernière avec Thierry Fournier, conseiller politique au cabinet de la ministre de la Justice, Madame Sonia LeBel, qui fait suite à des échanges téléphoniques entre RITMA et le cabinet. Vous verrez que Monsieur Fournier, responsable du dossier de l'ordre professionnel des ostéopathes, clarifie noir sur blanc certaines information fausses véhiculées ces derniers temps.    

Ci-dessous les extraits textuels pertinents des questions Q et réponses R de cet échange, en date du 5 mai dernier.

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Juin 2019 - 

En réaction à l’article paru hier en lien avec le jugement rendu par le Juge Lavergne contre des collègues ostéopathes, vous trouverez, en pièce jointe, la réaction de RITMA.

Notez que notre réaction se limitera à ce communiqué.

Réaction de RITMA au jugement Lavergne

L'article de la presse

World Health Organization

Benchmarks for training OMS osteopathy