Frequently Asked Questions
What is OMT?
OMT stands for Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT). It can be one of several manual techniques used by a D.O. to treat a patient. It is used to: address structure and tissue abnormalities, release fascial tensions, relieve joint restrictions and misalignments, restore muscle and tissue balance, balance the autonomic nervous system, increase channels for better blood flow and lymphatic circulation, and improve overall general health. Some treatments include (but are not limited to): Muscle Energy, Balanced Ligamentous Tension, Counterstrain, Osteopathy in The Cranial Field, High Velocity Low Amplitude, Fascial Distortion Model, Percussion Therapy, and the Biodynamic Model of Osteopathy.
Who can benefit from osteopathic treatment?
Osteopathic manipulation can help people of all ages and backgrounds, including newborns and the older adult population. There are even osteopaths specialized in working with animals! It can help with pain relief from such medical conditions as: low back pain, sciatica, TMJ syndrome, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, chronic migraines, and menstrual pain, or address structural issues in your body’s so it can deal more efficiently with chronic issues such as: asthma, COPD, diabetes, neurological conditions, rheumatologic disorders, chronic sinusitis, anxiety/depression, digestive issues, and insomnia. Osteopathic manipulation has been shown to help with feeding/suckling issues and strain patterns acquired from birth in the newborn.
Can you be my primary care physician (PCP)?
No. I specialize in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Medicine.
Do I need a referral to see you?
No. I do not participate with any insurance program, including Medicare, so you do not need a referral to see me.
Can you see me if I'm pregnant?
Yes! As a matter of fact, I see patients through their entire pregnancy, and even shortly after delivery. Everything I do keeps in mind the health of both you and your baby. Osteopathic manipulation can help tremendously as your body changes with the growth of your baby. It has also been shown to help with post-partum depression.
Can I bring my baby/child to see you?
Yes! I treat newborns, infants, children, and young adults as well.
What is a D.O. and how do they differ from an M.D.?
D.O.’s are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine that attend fully licensed medical schools just like MDs, but in addition to the standard medical curriculum, DOs learn how to approach patients differently, treating the whole person rather than the symptoms. They get additional hours in anatomy, biomechanics, and manual therapies to offer patients more in terms of hands-on diagnosis and treatment. While all D.O.’s are taught osteopathic manipulation in their curriculum, some DOs specialize in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), using their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury as a daily part of their practice (traditional osteopaths). Using various manual therapies, they will move your muscles and joints with a variety of techniques, including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. About 10% of D.O.’s practice Traditional Osteopathy.
How do D.O.’s differ from chiropractors?
Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in Missouri in 1870. It is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for overall good health. American-trained D.O.’s have attended fully-accredited osteopathic medical schools with a minimum of 7 years post-graduate medical training and can prescribe medications, perform surgery, and have full medical practice rights both in the United States and in 44 other countries.
Chiropractic was founded by Daniel David Palmer in 1895 in Ontario, Canada. Chiropractors focus on paying attention to biomechanics. They believe the structure of the spine, and how well it functions, affects the musculoskeletal and neurological system.They mainly focus on alignment of the spine and do not have full medical practice rights.
Is Craniosacral/Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) the same as Osteopathy In The Cranial Field (OCF)?
The cranial concept was first discovered, practiced, and taught by Dr. William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954), a student of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. OCF is practiced by some licensed osteopathic physicians for diagnosis and treatment provided as part of a comprehensive medical treatment plan.Cranial osteopaths are licensed physicians, trained in anatomy, physiology, health, and disease states.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of light-touch bodywork developed in the 19070’s by an osteopath, Dr. John Upledger, as a tool for massage therapists and other bodyworkers. CST courses are open to anyone—even without any medical background—and there are no national standards or regulations. The technique can be practiced with as little as four days of training.