Dr Shawn Pourgol is the founder and president of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), National University of Medical Sciences (Spain), and National University of Medical Sciences (USA). Dr Pourgol also serves as the current president of Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His personal website is www.pourgol.com.
Friday, 2 May 2014
Use of Alternative Health Care by Canadians in 1997 & 2006
Only 4% of Canadians are benefiting from manual osteopathy
in 2006 (this percentage has increased as National Academy of Osteopathy
started operating in 2010). This has to change. Manual osteopathy is the last
resort of many patients for musculoskeletal pain relief. Patients who try
manual osteopathy rarely visit any other type of health practitioners as manual
osteopaths offer one of the best and most effective care for musculoskeletal
conditions. In a survey done in 2013; manual osteopathy was patients’ number
one choice for low back pain relief.
We need to educate the public about manual osteopathy. The
profession has not been active enough in public relations. I am working to
change this. My new book “An Introduction to the Profession of Manual
Osteopathy” will publish soon. It will be available free of charge to everyone.
I am planning to mail it to all public libraries and high schools. The
Osteopathy TV will also start soon which plans to produce one episode per week
on osteopathic related topics for public education. The same with Osteopathy
Radio which offers similar topics as Osteopathy TV.
Additionally I am working on a full length documentary film
called “The Last Resort” which in detail explains why manual osteopathy is so
popular with patients and why there is such a long waiting list to see manual
osteopaths across the country. This documentary will be offered free of charge
to Netflix, the Documentary Channel, and PBS.
Soon, the Osteopathy Health Clinics starts operating (we
have already signed 15 manual osteopaths for OHC) which will be a great things
for introducing the public to our profession. It is a non-profit charity based
company (10% of each treatment fee received is donated to a charity). The
backing of charities would provide great exposure of our profession to the
I have founded the World Osteopathy Day in 2012. All manual
osteopaths should plan to do a promotion for the profession on June 22nd
to increase the public awareness of our profession.
Manual osteopathy has so much to offer people. Once a
patient tries manual osteopathy once, they remain loyal to us for life. This is
how effective manual osteopathy is. Let us work together to make people know
more about what we do. I need your help and support to increase utilization of
the profession by the public. But first we have to let them know who we are and
what we do. It is our duty to make this happen.