FAQs About Osteopathy
What is an osteopathic physician and what type of training do they receive?
Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) are licensed in all 50 states to practice the full spectrum of medical and surgical specialties. DO training includes four years of osteopathic medical school—the same curriculum of basic sciences and clinical medicine as an allopathic (MD) medical education. In addition, osteopathic medical students complete 500 hours in anatomy and manual medicine.
What is osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)?
What conditions can osteopathic manipulative medicine treat?
What is cranial osteopathy?
What is biodynamics?
What is the difference between a DO and an MD?
DOs and MDs are licensed physicians. DOs are guided by the principles of osteopathy. MDs are guided by those of allopathic medicine. The difference between MDs and DOs is that in addition to four years of medical school, DOs receive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Osteopathic physicians work in a wide range of specialties, including emergency medicine, neurosurgery, cardiology, and psychiatry. Many, like the physicians at OHM, choose to specialize in OMM for which board certification became available in 1990.
What is the difference between a DO and a chiropractor?
What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy?
There are significant differences between osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF) and craniosacral therapy (CST). Cranial osteopaths are licensed physicians, trained in anatomy, physiology, health, and disease states. OCF is a modality for diagnosis and treatment provided as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of light-touch bodywork developed by an osteopath as a tool for massage therapists and other bodyworkers. CST courses are open to anyone—medical background or not—and there are no national standards or regulations. The technique can be practiced with as little as four days’ training.
FAQs About Treatment
What will happen during my initial and follow-up appointments?
What happens during an Osteopathic Treatment?
What should I expect after a treatment? Are there side effects?
What should I do/not do after a treatment?
What should I wear to my appointment?
Do you recommend therapeutic exercises?
Do you discuss nutrition and the use of natural supplements?
FAQs About Our Practice
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Does your office accept insurance?
Do you accept patients with work-related or motor vehicle injuries?
Yes. If your injury or illness is work-related, please bring all the necessary billing information, including the date of injury, the claim number, and the contact information for any case/nurse managers or attorneys assigned to the case. If your injury is the result of a motor vehicle accident, please bring your own motor vehicle medical payment information to your first appointment. We do not bill third parties. Your insurance company is responsible for negotiating payment with the other party.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes. The practice naturally goes through cycles in which the waiting time for your first appointment can fluctuate. We will make every effort to schedule your appointment as soon as possible
Can you be my primary care physician?
No. OHM is a subspecialty practice, providing osteopathic manipulative treatment. Our physicians, while fully licensed, do not perform routine annual examinations or primary management of medical conditions, such as high blood pressure. We work with primary care physicians and other specialists to provide you with a coordinated, comprehensive treatment plan.
Are there educational opportunities at your office?
Yes. Our physicians are active in continuing studies, as well as teaching OMM principles and insights into non-invasive healthcare. We welcome our osteopathic and allopathic colleagues (medical students, residents, and attendings) who wish to pursue these principles in their practice.