Sunday, 30 April 2017

Clinical Differences between Chiropractic & Osteopathy

Chiropractic has originated from osteopathy and all chiropractic techniques are essentially osteopathic techniques as well (Dr Palmer, founder of chiropractic was one of the first students of Dr Still, founder of osteopathy). However chiropractors mainly focus on using manipulation (also known as grade five mobilization or high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) techniques) in treating patients. Manipulative techniques are aggressive in nature and have caused a small number of deaths, strokes and other neurological conditions in patients receiving cervical manipulation. 

Manual osteopaths (also known as osteopathic manual practitioners in the states) on the other hand use gentle, non-aggressive repetitive osteopathic manual techniques. These techniques have not caused any death, strokes or serious neurological conditions in patients and as such are quite safe. That is one reason why the malpractice insurance premiums of manual osteopaths are so low.  There has not been any report of death or stroke caused by manual osteopaths. The most common side effect experienced by a small number of patients following osteopathic care is stiffness and soreness in the area, similar to the feeling of muscle soreness after exercising for the first time. 

The techniques used by manual osteopaths include osteoarticular mobilization, muscle energy techniques, strain/counterstrain, visceral manipulation, cranial osteopathy, Still’s, manual mechanotherapy (this techniques, considered the lost technique of osteopathy is taught only at our three schools, the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain), National University of Medical Sciences (USA) and National Academy of Osteopathy - Canada), positional facilitated release, balanced ligamentous tension, lymphatic drainage, oscillatory, myofascial release, soft tissue therapy and other techniques. These techniques use minimum force, are repetitive and gentle in nature. In manual osteopathy being gentle is essential. 

Because of the nature of techniques used, chiropractic treatments last a few minutes and as such chiropractors do not follow a time based treatment protocol. Their sessions are treatment based, without checking the time. Because osteopathic techniques are repetitive they require time and most osteopathic sessions last between 30 to 45 minutes. As such most manual osteopaths work based on time, each session being 30 minutes, or 60 minutes and so on.

In regards to the effectiveness of care osteopathic care is by far more effective than chiropractic care. Research has shown mobilization techniques being more effective than manipulative techniques. This has been observed clinically as well. Osteopathy is well known as being the best treatment available for chronic musculoskeletal pain. A recent research done on 500 patients by University of Texas (published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association) showed that just 6 osteopathic care (once per week) totally eliminated disability and chronic low back pain in 50% of patients.

A 2012 survey in Canada showed manual osteopathy is the #1 choice of patients with chronic low back pain. Manual osteopaths in Canada have a patient loyalty rate of 97% (the most of all health professionals surveyed). A survey done by a University of Toronto PhD student showed patients in Canada consider manual osteopaths the most trust worthy health professionals, when compared with 25 other health professionals.

I have studied both chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) graduate, 1995) and manual osteopathy. Chiropractic is a great profession and has its role in treating some conditions, mainly acute musculoskeletal pain. However manual osteopathy is a complete, more effective health care system specially when dealing with chronic pain. As it is gentle and highly pleasurable, patients seem to prefer manual osteopathy to chiropractic. 

Chiropractic is scary for most patients.  The crack they hear after spinal manipulation scares them. I had many clinics in the past 22 years. Our manual osteopaths were always fully booked. Once patients receive an osteopathic treatment they most likely remain loyal to osteopathy for life. That is why manual osteopaths have waiting lists of weeks to months but most chiropractors do not. If you open the Yellow Pages you will see many ads for chiropractors but not one ad for a manual osteopath. This is because manual osteopaths generally do not need to advertise. Through word of mouth referrals from happy patients their practices get filled up quickly.

All these result in manual osteopaths having the highest job satisfaction rate of all health professionals in Canada (98% satisfaction rate as surveyed in 2012).

There are many dual degree chiropractors/manual osteopaths as osteopathy is a popular postgraduate program for chiropractors. About 3% of our schools alumni are chiropractors.  

To read about the research mentioned above and many other research proving how effective manual osteopathy is in treating a wide range of disorders please visit my Facebook page called "Osteopathy Related Research and Science".

Thank you for reading this article. 

Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD 
Founder & President
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners 

PS. We are the largest provider of European style manual osteopathic education in the world, teaching in 68 countries. We also teach a number of health related degree programs in physiotherapy, athletic therapy, physical medicine, rehabilitation, massage therapy, naprapathy, pedorthics, sports medicine, business management & botanical medicine. To receive our information package please send an email to

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Move More, Eat Less!

The Secret of My Weight Loss!

A year ago I was severely overweight. I lost 60 pounds of fat since then, and gained 30 pounds of muscle.

Many ask me what should they eat to lose weight? That is the wrong question! Better question is what should they stop eating to lose weight? For me it was cutting fat, sugar, salt and meat from my meals.

Move more, eat less.

If you follow these two simple things then you lose weight and you keep it off, just like how I have done for the past year.

Dr Shahin Pourgol
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner 


Thursday, 27 April 2017

To grow, you must first break away from tradition

To become #1 in whatever you do, you must first break the bounds of tradition. If you do whatever everyone else does in your field you will become like everyone else in your field.

You must shock the system first and break away from what is the tradition in your field and what is considered normal. It will not be easy. You will make enemies as most do not want the status quo to change.

But progress depends on this. Without breaking away from what is normal and what is the tradition, evolution will not happen.

In whatever I do, I try to become #1 by changing the way the work is done, by becoming unique and innovative. This is one reason behind my success. I always find a better way of doing things that has not been done before. This makes the system uncomfortable but progress and change is always uncomfortable at the start. But it is for better as it improves the system.
Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Manual Osteopath  

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Beautiful Proposal!

Congratulations to Finn-Tore Carlos Camacho Bjørnsand, one of my students from Norway, for his proposal being accepted! :) I loved this photo so much that I decided to share it. Such a romantic photo! Great proposal location!

Dr Shahin Pourgol


The Shultz Hour

To increase creativity and to come up with new ideas to become #1 in whatever I do, I spend 30 minutes to an hour most days with a pen and paper just letting ideas float in my mind.

I teach this technique as well to my students and ask them at the minimum to do this once a week.

It is funny that a lot of things I teach end up being proven by research. Our programs are actually famous for being research proven, be it the osteopathic techniques or business lectures.

Today I read about a new research that proves the brain needs "negative task" periods to do daydreaming and become creative. When brain is always in "task positive" mode it will not create ideas as it is busy to complete tasks.

This is also another reason why travelling is so important for brain. When you stop using brain to do task positive activities new ideas float in it.
A lot of my top ideas came to me while travelling. The idea to teach osteopathy and founding the National Academy of Osteopathy came to me in 2010 when I was in Salzburg, Austria on a vacation.

I keep using this technique everyday. Most of my great business ideas are brought to me during this task negative period.

They call this creativity technique the "Shultz Hour" after the US Secretary of State, George Shultz said that he uses this once per week.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

This happened today!

This happened today!

US custom officer: purpose of visit?

Dr P: Need to do some banking work for my Florida based university

Officer: You own a university in US?

Dr P: yes!

Officer: Do you have any document showing you own a university in US?

Dr P: Not with me. I did not bring them. But check That's with two s. My name is there.

Officer (after typing the website address): Wow! I see your photo with Canadian prime minister.
Officer then shakes my hand and let me go quickly!!!

Thanks Justin!!!! Your photo made my trip to New York so much fun!!!

امروز اتفاق افتاد

مامور گمرک آمریکا: علت سفر به آمریکا؟

من: دارم میرم کارهای بانکی‌ دانشگاه ما رو انجام بدم.

مامور: شما دانشگاه دارید در آمریکا؟

من: بله در ایالات فلوریدا

مامور: مدارک ثبت دانشگاه را دارید؟

من: نه، با خودم نیاوردم، اما اگه به وبسایت دانشگاه برید اسم من توش است

مامور (بعد از رفتن به وبسایت): عجب!! عکس شما با نخست وزیر کانادا اینجاست

مامور با من دست میده و میگه خوش آمدید

با تشکر از جاستین که سفر من به نیو یورک را بسیار دلنشین کرد

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Are You Safe?

In my business lectures my students learn how to save enough cash to help them survive for at least 6 months if any type of disaster hit them.

This is not only good for your survival, it also helps reduce a big chunk of your daily stress. We all know stress kills and can make you sick quickly. Knowing that you have enough savings to survive for six months makes your life a lot more relax.

You should also have enough dry food (such as rice and beans), and water to survive for 6 months in case an unforeseen natural or man-made disaster happens in your area.

While emergencies rarely happen, the reduction in stress that you receive from knowing that you are prepared for many types of emergencies is worth the time you spend being prepared for them.

A life with less stress is a highly enjoyable life! :) 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Osteopathic Fertility Clinics

60% Chance of Pregnancy Following Osteopathic Care!

A research published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association in October 2012 indicates that 60% of infertile women became pregnant within 3 months of having osteopathic care that included soft tissue therapy, muscle energy techniques, osteoarticular techniques, lymphatic drainage and visceral manipulation.

This is amazing!

One reason I want to set up the Osteopathic Fertility Clinics (OFCs) across the world is to help infertile women reach their dream of having babies. This would revolutionize the field of fertility treatments.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

First Osteopathy Franchise in the World

I always wanted to set up the first osteopathy franchise in history.

Now it seems I am finally going to start the first ever osteopathy franchise in the world!

I just have to work out some details as I want to set it up somehow that our students also benefit from it.

This franchise will offer infertility help to women who wish to get pregnant.

We plan to open franchised clinics in major cities of North America, Europe, Asia, Australia & Africa.

I will post more detail soon. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Best Career Upgrade for Massage Therapists in the States

Did you know with annual income of $89,899 naprapathy is the highest paid online postgraduate program for massage therapists in the US?

American Massage therapists can enter the accelerated doctor of naprapathy program (DN) and complete the 4 years program in just 2 years. Tuition for the entire program is $14,000 ($7,000 per year).

The prerequisite for the DN program is having a bachelor’s degree. Massage therapists who do not have a bachelor’s degree can take our Bachelor of Science in Massage Therapy/DN dual degree program and complete it both in 2 years. The total tuition for the dual degree program is $20,000 ($10,000 per year).

Our graduates are eligible to work as naprapaths everywhere in the world except Sweden, Illinois and New Mexico, where naprapathy is regulated. Our DN program is accredited by the Canadian Naprapathic Association.

National University of Medical Sciences (USA) is a private online university, registered in Florida. We are the only university in the states offering European style manual osteopathic education.

Along with our sister schools, National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada) and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) we are the largest provider of manual osteopathic education in the world, teaching in 68 countries.

Our three schools offer many online degree programs such as doctor of botanical medicine (DBM), doctor of physical therapy (DPT), PhD in physical medicine & rehabilitation, doctor of osteopathy (DO), master of science in athletic therapy and master of business administration (MBA) in healthcare. Many of our online programs have optional week-long practical technique classes as well.

We also offer a campus based program in manual osteopathy in Toronto (Canada), the first university based osteopathic program in Canada.

To receive our information package please email us at You can also visit our website at for more information.

Thank you.

چه دنیای کوچکی

امروز دانشگاه به من اطلاع داد که ما ۳۶۹ دانشجوی داریم از ایران که در رشته دکترای حرفه‌‌ای فیزیوتراپی دانشگاه ملی‌ علوم پزشکی‌ ما در اسپانیا ثبت نام کردند در ۳ سال گذشته

باورم نمی‌شه که اینقدر خوش شانس هستم که بتوانم کمکی‌ به هموطنان عزیزم بکنم از اینور دنیا. چه دنیای کوچکی که با هزاران کیلومتر فاصله باز موقعیت به من داده شده که بتونم به ایران کمک کنم

در ایران وزارت بهداشت مدرک دکترای فیزیوتراپی را قبول نمیکند. با اینحال ۳۶۹ فیزیوتراپیست برجسته ایران از تمام استان‌های ایران با وجود سختیهای زیاد و مشکلات مالی، در حالی‌ که الان یک سال است شرکت بیمه پول درمانشان را نداده باز در دانشگاه برای تحصیل ثبت نام کردند تا بتوانند با دریافت مدرک دکترای فیزیوتراپی به بیماران خود بهتر کمک کنند و سلامتی‌ جامعه ایران را بالا ببرند

من شخصاً از دکتر فرجود شکوهی، اولین فارغ‌التحصیل رشته دکترای فیزیوترپی دانشگاه ما در ایران تشکر می‌کنم. ایشان یکی‌ از روسای عالی‌ نظام پزشکی‌ ایران میباشند که بسیار برای پیشرفت دکترای فیزیوتراپی در ایران خدمت نمودند. به خاطر ایشان است که الان در تمام استان‌های ایران دکترهای فیزیوترپی وجود دارند. ایشان به حق پدر دکترای فیزیوترپی در ایران به حساب می‌آیند

دکترای فیزیوتراپی حق مسلم ایران می‌باشد. با بیشتر شدن تعداد این دکترها وزارت بهداشت راهی‌ به جز قبول کردن دی.پی‌.تی‌ ندارد

دکتر شاهین پورگل
رئیس و بنیانگذار
دانشگاه ملی‌ علوم پزشکی‌ - اسپانیا
اکادمی ملی‌ آستئوپتی - کانادا
دانشگاه ملی‌ علوم پزشکی‌ - آمریکا
Here is a letter I received after this post:
جناب پروفسور پورگل ریاست معزز دانشگاه نامز
با سلام و احترام

بعنوان یک فیزیوتراپیست از شما ممنونم که این امکان را فراهم آورده اید که بتوانیم در رشته دکترای حرفه ایی فیزیوتراپی که حق مسلم ماست تحصیل نماییم .
فیزیوتراپیست ها در ایران مشکلات داخلی و خارجی عدیده ایی دارند که مانع از تحصیل دکترای حرفه ایی فیزیوتراپی شده و شاید مسلم ترین حق یک انسان که حق ادامه تحصیل است از آن ها گرفته شده است و متاسفانه کشورهایی چون امریکا نیز ما را تحریم تحصیلی کرده اند.

در چنین شرایطی دانشگاه نامز امکان تحصیل DPT را برای فیزیوتراپیست های ایرانی فراهم نموده و حتی حضرتعالی برای تدریس به دانشجویان ما از کانادا به اسپانیا تشریف آوردید و رنج سفر را هم تحمل فرمودید که جای تقدیر و تشکر بسیار دارد .

شخصا از شما صمیمانه ممنونم که علاوه بر فراهم نمودن این شرایط برای ما ...با قلبی بزرگ و سعه صدری مثال زدنی توهین های و الفاظ گاها دور از شان و سخیف مخالفین دی پی تی را به جان خریده اید و همچنان پشتیبان فیزیوتراپیست های ایران هستید .
سلامت و پایدار باشید
با احترام
فیزیوتراپیست دکتر فرجود شکوهی

Monday, 3 April 2017

Congratulations Walter!

I am happy to see that one of my good students, manual osteopath Walter Chan, RN, BSN, DNE, DOMP (originally from Vancouver) has moved to Ontario and has just opened his first osteopathic clinic in Markham, Ontario. The

Walter is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese languages of China. Anyone who needs a manual osteopath in Markham should contact Sunshine Osteopathic Care at for an appointment.

The clinic grand opening was yesterday, April 02nd.

I love his clinic name. Sounds so happy and full of positive energy!

I was invited!

I was invited to present a seminar!

The Organizing Committee of the upcoming World Physiotherapists & Physicians Summit 2017 (Melbourne, Australia July 24-26, 2017) has invited me to be a speaker in this event.

I am grateful to be considered.