Osteopatia em Portugal

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About Osteopathy in Portugal




Osteopathy was created in Portugal in 1978 by Dr. Mário Alberto Borges de Sousa who came from the Republic of South Africa where he graduated in 1960 through Lindlaher College of Natural Therapeutic of South Africa. He was registered in the National Health Service, Pretoria, as an Osteopath Practitioner with a registered number 14/2/5 (362), having developed this activity until mid 1977 in Johannesburg, South Africa.



He is the only Official Osteopath, practicing in Portugal, as he undertook a recognition examination in Professional Competency, to the Portuguese authorities, in 1986 (Process n.º 6/SS/COMP, in 1986).

Last Osteopathy Superior Course in Portugal - 2005

The High Degree in Osteopathy permitted him to undergo a Masters degree, in Portugal, through the Universidade Moderna in Lisbon having done a thesis in: Complementary Medicine and its Development in the Social and Economic context: incorporation importance in the Portuguese National Health Service, in 1988, thus recognized its academic and scientific value, to originated in the Legal recognition of six non Conventional Therapies, by the Portuguese Parliament which became the Law 45/2003, 22nd August 2003.

Dr. Borges de Sousa implanted and implemented Osteopathy in Portugal in the late 70´s (Osteopathy was not know or spoken of in Portugal until then), integrating a team of Orthopaedics during nine and a half years.

He developed and divulged Osteopathy: as a professional practitioner in Osteopathy (through the Dr Borges de Sousa Osteopathic Clinic in Lisbon): As Course Director for Osteopathic Degrees, in Lisbon, under the syllabus of Oxford Brooks University from 1985 to 2005, and presently the Director of the Instituto de Técnicas de Saúde, in Lisbon, former Centre of Osteopathic Training also in Lisbon.

He created various professional associations such as ANO – Associação Naticional de Osteopatas, the first official association of osteopaths in Portugal; ACPO – Associação Colegial Portuguesa de Osteopatas, the second recognized national associations of Osteopaths in Portugal; ITS – Instituto de Técnicas de Saúde which is a Professional Osteopathic Association that incorporates the Colégio de Formação Profissional de Osteopatas and with all these institutions Dr. Borges de Sousa managed to create the FPO – Federação Portuguesa de Osteopatas.

Finalists of the First Osteopathic Superior course in Portugal (1996-1999)

He brought to Portugal well known individualities, from all over the, in the Osteopathic Field to perform Seminars and Lectures in Osteopathy, such as Prof. Dr. Eyal Lederman, Dr. José Kunzler, in Osteopathic Clinic, Mr. Laurence Charles Butler, Professor in neurology applied to Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy, Dra Valeria Ferreira professor in Visceral Teaching from the British School of Osteopathy and others as Dr. Jean Pierre Hyspa professor in the College Oateopatique de Provence – França, Dr. Averille Morgan who conducted a Seminar in Portugal in: Osteopathy during Pregnancy and in Labour. As well as many other recognized Osteopaths.

Presently ITS is the largest Entity in Portugal as far as Osteopathy is concerned and develops the following:

  • Professional Association that issues Professional Schedules. Member of the Federation
  • Osteopathic Professional College with more than 20 years teaching Osteopathy in Portugal.
  • Osteopathic Clinic to work as a trainee.


ITS has a Training Osteopathic Programme of four years with in-house training, an identical to High Degree in Osteopathy as practised in countries where Osteopathy is recognized such as England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand just to mention a few.

Students that complete successfully their courses obtain a D. O. Degree and a Certificate with the subjects instructed and the number of hours, thus 4500 in total, out of which 1000 are of Professional Training.