Standards of Practice
- Members of the NMOS have read and agree with the code of ethics and will uphold said code.
- NMOS does not condone the usage of protected titles. Members must refrain from calling them selves Doctors of Osteopathy. They are Manual Osteopaths, unless they are also a Physician or surgeon and registered as such.
- NMOS members believe in the code that states “First of all, do no harm”, and will strive to treat in such a way that ultimately the client has a beneficial and healing experience.
- Members understand that their behavior represents the National Manual Osteopathic Society, and the entire manual osteopathic industry, and will strive to be professional and uphold the highest principles.
- Members understand there are situations when Manual Osteopaths refer to a more appropriate health care provider.
- Members of the NMOS respect the client’s physical, mental and emotional boundaries, and will not engage in communication or activities that cross those boundaries.
- Members of the NMOS will always get informed consent when treating any area – including but not limited to the upper adductor region, the gluteal region or the chest – that may be considered sensitive for any reason to the client. NMOS members also understand the client may withdraw consent at any time.
- Draping techniques will always be respectful and professional, always covering areas that are not presently being treated.
- NMOS members understand that drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs can impair my ability to provide competent treatment and will refrain from the use of alcohol and illicit drugs while working.
NMOS does not recognize internal pelvic work.
NMOS believes treatments are be provided with the therapists’ hands only. The use of tools or instrument assisted techniques, including but not limited to Kinesiology tape, low intensity light laser, and tools that puncture the dermis are out of standard of practice for manual osteopathy.