Clinic will slowly open, May 19, 2020
Osteopathy is under the umbrella of “Personal Services” by the Ministry of Health. There are regulated personal services such as registered massage therapy, physiotherapy and medical doctors and unregulated personal services such as osteopathy, non-RMT massage and so forth. Here is the Guide for Personal Services published by the Ministry of Health. They define a personal service provider as an “operator who provides service to or on the body of another person of the general public.” These guidelines clarify expectations of establishments and guidance on prevention of health hazards.
On March 17, 2020, BC’s Personal Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced that there was an order of closure for Personal Service Establishments until May 30, 2020 or until lifted.
The order has been lifted effective May 19, 2020 and can be viewed here. COVID-19 Safety Plan
Now that OBC members can open their clinics, each one needs to create a COVID-19 safety plan.
Every employer/clinic is required to have a COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures to keep their workers/patients safe. If a formal plan is not already in place prior to operation, you are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers/patients. Please be reminded that in accordance with the order of the Provincial Health Officer, this plan must be posted at the worksite.
COVID-19 and health professionals returning to safe operation – Phase 2 need to follow WorkSafeBC guidelines.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Osteopathic governing body of BC, I will be suspending my practice for 2 weeks at least or until further notice. Be well everyone.
Knowledge of the relationship between the structure and function of the body, along with the use of various gentle techniques allow the manual osteopathic practitioner to treat the root causes of dysfunction, so that the body can heal itself as a whole.
Your osteopathic practitioner is member of OBC
To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.
– A.T. Still MD, DO Philosophy of Osteopathy
As distinguished from Europe, Australia, South Africa…, where osteopathy is part of the healthcare system, there is no legal regulation about osteopathy in BC, which mean anyone can be osteopathic practitioner! This is a sad state of affairs, concerning the serious and the recognition of this practice by general public.