Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Future of Manual Osteopathy

In my opinion relaxation & wellness is the future of manual osteopathy!

Even though our ability to treat chronic pain is the reason why we are so popular with patients, I personally believe that the key to exponential growth for manual osteopaths is to offer osteopathic care for relaxation and wellness. Only 30% of people at one time or another suffer from pain. And these patients only seek services of manual osteopaths when they are in pain. When pain is gone, so are they. 

However clients who visit our alumni for relaxation and wellness, without having pain, are the types of clients who keep coming back for many visits on regular basis.

Manual osteopathy is highly pleasurable. Once a client receives an hour of osteopathy for relaxation she comes back on regular basis. I predict manual osteopathy will become the service of choice for clients looking for relaxation and well being in Canada in near future.

Manual osteopaths by offering relaxation and wellness services will tap into the 70% of population who are pain free. A relaxation client generally surpasses a pain patient in terms of number of visits.
Massage therapy (medical massage) was initially formed to separate itself from regular relaxation massage. It was provided only for medical conditions initially. However massage therapists quickly found out that businesswise they are losing a big share of the market and they started offering relaxation massage as well. I feel manual osteopaths should follow the same path and offer similar services as well.

Once I have completed setting up the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada, my next project will be the Osteopathy Relaxation & Wellness Clinics of Canada. I want my alumni tap into this huge market that is waiting for them.

Those alumni who join the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada will also be given the first opportunity to join the new clinic if they wish.

Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Largest Chronic Pain Clinic in the world!

We have so far 70 possible locations for this clinic across the world in Canada, USA, Mexico, Bermuda, Norway, Italy, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and elsewhere.

When this clinic opens in Spring of 2018 it will start as the largest privately owned chronic pain clinic in the world.

The manual osteopaths working in these clinics are chronic pain specialists who graduated from one of our three schools, the National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), The National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and the National University of Medical Sciences (USA).

Osteopathy provides one of the best treatments available for chronic pain. OCPCC brings this amazing health care to those last resort cases who lost hope for a pain free life.

Live pain free, with osteopathy.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada

In partnership with our students, we are setting up a few different franchise like businesses to help increase osteopathy name awareness.

The Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada will be operational in the spring of 2018. It is open to osteopathy graduates of NAO, NUMSS (Spain) and NUMSS (USA) in all countries, not just Canada as this will become an international business.

It is offered free of charge to our alumni. No payment is received from alumni. All treatment fees charged are given in full to alumni. We cover the cost of setting up this business to promote osteopathy to the public.

Joining the NAO on-campus program?

Are you thinking about joining the on-campus program of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto?

If you do, please apply early. The on-campus class fills up quickly as space is limited. To reserve a spot you must apply early to avoid disappointment.

Thank you.

Saturday, 23 September 2017


I have seen an increasing number of health professionals in Ontario using RM after their names. This does not seem right. 

RM stands for relaxation massage. It is not a title and should not be used after your name! RMT stands for Registered Massage Therapist which is a title and can be used after your name.

In Ontario, massage is not a regulated health profession. Massage therapy on the other hand is regulated. There is nothing wrong with masseurs using relaxation massage however they should not use RM after their names as it is not a title and it seems misleading as people may mistake it with RMT.

Dr Shawn Pourgol
Manual Osteopath 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Celebrating 400% Growth

I was just told that my beloved school, the National Academy of Osteopathy had a 400% growth in 2017!!!!

To celebrate this business success I decided to accomplish something I have never done before personally. I used to celebrate before with eating bad food and pastries. But now I celebrate in a healthy way! :)

So I did something crazy and biked for 40 kilometers! This is more than the distance between Toronto and Oakville! I have never biked so long (20KM was my last record). And I am sore everywhere, but in a good way! :)

NAO has come a long way. From seven years ago when the idea of NAO was conceived in Salzburg, Austria where I was vacationing to now that we have alumni in 68 countries. We have expanded manual osteopathy to more countries than any other osteopathic college in history. There are now manual osteopaths even in Northwest territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Alaska thanks to NAO!

All this we could not have done without the love and support of our alumni. We are grateful and thankful for all your love.

Even with this tremendous growth we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Our goal is to have alumni in 100 countries and we need your help to achieve this goal.

Osteopathy offers amazing treatments for chronic pain & last resort cases. We want people in every city of the world have access to this wonderful miraculous health profession.

Help us expand osteopathy to 100 countries. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

My New T-Shirt!

Got to wear the t-shirt my student Andrew Subieta custom made for me.

MET is Muscle Energy Technique, one of the osteopathic techniques I teach. NUMSS DO is the doctor of osteopathy program of the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).

Thank you Andrew. I love this t-shirt! 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Canadian Embassy accepts NUMSS Degree

I am happy to announce that the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree issued by the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) is now accepted for signature by the Canadian Embassy after it has been approved by the Spain Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of External Affairs.

 NUMSS DPT and DO (doctor of osteopathy) degrees are now legalized in Spain officially and embassies of most countries now accept them, including Canadian embassy.

سفارت کانادا نیز مدارک نامز را مهمور به مهر خود کرد

خوشبختانه با تلاش وکلای خبره دانشگاه نامز و طی مراحل قانونی بعد از مهر وزارت امورخارجه و وزارت دادگستری کشور اسپانیا ، سفارت کانادا نیز مدارک نامز را مهمور به مهر خود کرد .تبریک به همه همکاران

Thursday, 14 September 2017

7 Years of Teaching Osteopathy!

This September marks the 7th year I teach osteopathy, business management, ethics, jurisprudence and clinical skills.

I have taught 14 classes at National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), 10 classes at National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and 2 classes at National University of Medical Sciences (USA).

I have students now in 68 countries. While my schools have been growing big, I, on the other hand am growing small!!! :) 

Osteopathy Fertility Clinics of Canada

We and selected alumni of National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada), National University of Medical Sciences (USA), and National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) are working on setting up this partnership business which will be the first ever osteopathy related franchise system in the world!

We do hope to start the franchise with having at least 10 franchise clinics at the opening time.

We plan to make this an international franchise system with clinics across the world.

Monday, 11 September 2017

A gift from a student

Thank you Andrew Subieta!!! This is such a beautiful t-shirt you made for me. I much appreciate it!

I will come to visit your clinic soon to pick it up!


My student at the film festival

The manual osteopath representing osteopathy in the Toronto International Film Festival was my student Liza Egbogah, DC, DOMP, a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy & the Canadian Chiropractic Memorial College.

Dr Liza is a manual osteopath to the stars with many celebrities as clients. She has a fully booked practice, charging $500 for two hours of manual osteopathic care in her downtown Toronto boutique clinic.

She also has a line of stylish orthopedic shoes that have a lot of admirers, including actress Emma Thompson.

A number of celebrities signed her blackboard at the TIFF including Angelina Julie, Nicolas Cage, George Clooney & Emma Thomson. We are proud of our alumni and grateful to Dr Liza for introducing osteopathy to the celebrities.

آستئوپاتی در فستیوال بین‌المللی فیلم تورنتو

دانشجوی من در اکادمی ملی‌ آستئوپتی، دکتر لیزا اگبوگاه به عنوان منوال آستئوپات این فستیوال انتخاب شد

دکتر لیزا همچنین یک سری کفشهای طبی بانوان طراحی کردند که بین هنرپیشگان بسیار طرفدار دارد

دکتر لیزا قبلا دکتر کیروپرکتیک بودند. بعد از تدریس پیش ما اینقدر از رشته آستئوپاتی که در درمان دردهای مزمن اعجاز می‌کند خوششان آمد که الان فقط از آستئوپاتی در درمان استفاده میکنند

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Student with George Clooney

One of my students, Chiropractor / manual osteopath, Dr.  Liza Egbogah with George Clooney.

Liza Egbogah, DC, DOMP is a graduate of National Academy of Osteopathy. She has many celebrities as clients.

Here is what Dr Egbogah posted on her blog about why she chose to study osteopathy:

The main reason I chose to pursue osteopathy instead of chiropractic is that while chiropractic focuses primarily on spinal manipulation, osteopathy involves head to toe treatment to help the body work more efficiently. Whether someone has a wrist fracture, back pain or a knee injury, manual osteopaths will treat the entire body to optimize functioning. I have always felt that with the multitude of interconnections in the body, addressing the entire system is the only way to effectively treat.

Friday, 8 September 2017

My sister Shirin, the manual osteopath

Did you know my sister Shirin Poorgol is a manual osteopath?

Here is a testimonial she received from her patient Shawna Robbins that is suffering from chronic pain.

Osteopathy offers the most effective treatment system for chronic pain. Most patients manual osteopaths see are the last resort cases. They truly do miracles with their hands, treating cases where all else failed.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Coolest Teacher Ever!

Without a doubt we have the coolest teacher ever!
You are positive, funny, kind, & compassionate.
You are a builder!
You motivate!
You inspire!
I'm so happy to have chosen NAO! I am grateful for the positive learning environment you provide us with.
You're the best teacher ever!!!
Alina Turturica

It made me so happy to read this post from massage therapist Alina Turturica, a student of mine from Romania who is studying osteopathy at the York University Heights campus of National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto.
Nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing his students enjoy what he teaches. I am blessed!
Thank you Alina for the kind words.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Meeting a legend

I wish to give my special thanks to Dr Gholamreza Daghighi, president of the physiotherapy department of the Grand Oil Hospital in Ahwaz for coming to see us here in Toronto today.

Dr Daghighi is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) in Iran as well as being the person who helped us set up the NUMSS (Spain) on-campus DPT program in the city of Ahwaz in Iran.

Over 50 of our DPT students in the province of Khozestan, Iran (many are his employees at the hospital) were referred to us for DPT education by Dr Daghighi.

We are grateful to him for expanding DPT education in Iran.

Canadian Permanent REsidency

My student, veterinarian physician, Dr Lizbeth Ordonez Trujillo (from Mexico) was able to apply for the Canadian permanent residency after enrolling at the on-campus DOMP program of National Academy of Osteopathy. She is now an NAO graduated manual osteopath as well as a current student of the master of science in athletic therapy of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).

I congratulate Dr Trujillo for becoming a Canadian as well as a manual osteopath in Ontario! 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

With President of Kurdistan Physiotherapy Association

I was honoured to have the chance to meet Dr Kazhal Fathizadeh the president of Kurdistan Physiotherapy Association who came to visit us today.

Our National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) is the only provider of DPT education in Iran. Currently about 400 Iranian physiotherapists have enrolled at our DPT program, with 50 of them also taking the doctor of osteopathy (DO) program as well.

In the past 4 years NUMSS (Spain) has become the largest provider of online tDPT education in Europe. 

First day of school with 34 students!

This is the busiest National Academy of Osteopathy on-campus osteopathy program we had so far. 34 students came to study osteopathy from Italy, USA, Mexico, Romania, Chili and so many Canadian provinces, specially so many from the Eastern provinces such as Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

It was such a great day. I loved every second of it! Such fun happy students!

Could not sleep!

First day of class. Too excited to sleep last night!
Some of my children graduated last week and left. And some new children are joining my osteopathy family today. My osteopathy family is growing. Cannot wait to meet the new students today.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Treating One of the Best Soccer Plays in History

I had the honour of treating Eusébio in Canada and Portugal. He was one of the most famous patients of mine. A true celebrity for anyone who love soccer.

Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 749 goals in 745 matches at club level and 41 goals for his national team (Portugal), a total of 790 goals. He helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup (the year I was born!), being the top goal scorer of the tournament with nine goals. He won the Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year in 1965. He was elected the ninth-best footballer of the 20th century. 

He was born in January 1942 and passed away in January 2014. I miss him greatly. He was a true gentleman, very kind and so helpful and humble.

Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Manual Osteopath