Plain and simple- It’s an unfair oversight.

Manual Osteopathy is still considered an ‘unregulated profession’, even though we have governing bodies that oversee our ethics and practice and we are considered health care practitioners. We are backed by all the big insurance companies which means if you have health care coverage, you most likely have coverage to see a manual osteopath for treatment.

“𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫” is a title we don’t yet have as an up-and-coming profession in North America and it takes a very long time to receive this title. The province only allows Regulated Practitioners to practice as an essential service when placing restrictions.

They have grouped Manual Osteopaths (end even Athletic Therapists) into 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴.

If you’re new to the Happy Bones community, we (Manual Osteopaths) have petitioned and submitted formal appeals in hopes of the provincial government granting us an exception. Unfortunately, so far (since December) we’ve had no acknowledgment.

We are essential. We take all necessary precautions as health care practitioners for your safety and ours within the clinic that is no different than other health practitioners. I have even received my first dose of the vaccine as a health practitioner in the high priority category that was made eligible to us weeks ago.

It’s absolutely heartbreaking to have canceled appointments for our patients in need. It’s even more heartbreaking to see so many people denied 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 to their 𝙤𝙬𝙣 health benefits usage.

I’d love nothing more than to defy these restrictions in place, but considering manual osteopaths are working so hard for our recognition, I just can’t risk contributing to having a bad strike added to our profession’s title or losing credibility with health insurers.

It’s incredibly frustrating.

I’m not here to debate the pandemic, vaccines, or masks.

I’m standing up for myself, colleagues, patients, and the little guys.✌🏽