FAQ


What is Cranial Osteopathy?
What is Biodynamics?
What is the difference between Osteopaths and Chiropractors?
What is the difference between Cranial Osteopathy and Craniosacral Therapy?
Does your practice work with supplements or nutrition?
Can anyone of any age receive an osteopathic treatment?
Can you be my primary care physician?
What are your office hours?
Do you take Insurance?
Do you treat people after motor vehicle accidents or work with workman’s compensation?
Cancellation Policy
Do you prescribe narcotics?
Do you prescribe medical marijuana?


What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial Osteopathy was discovered and developed by William G. Sutherland D.O., a student of Dr. A.T. Still.  He first palpated subtle movements in the cranium, which he found extended through rhythmic fluid movements in all areas of the body through the “primary respiratory mechanism”.  Cranial Osteopathic treatment includes a gentle hands-on approach to treatment contacting various parts of the body.
For more information about Cranial Osteopathy, please see: http://www.cranialacademy.com/cranial.html
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What is Biodynamics?
James Jealous D.O developed the Biodynamic view of Cranial Osteopathy.  It focuses on the relationship between embryology and the healing process of the patient.  Please see http://www.jamesjealous.com for more details.
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What is the difference between Osteopaths and Chiropractors?
The difference between osteopaths and chiropractors generally lies in their level of training and their scope of practice.  Osteopaths and chiropractors both perform manipulation.  The difference is that chiropractors are not licensed physicians and have not attended internship or residency.  The principles of practice are also different.  Osteopathic medicine is based on the principle that the body is self-healing and treatment is aimed at changing physiology through manipulation.  Chiropractic medicine primarily focuses on spinal alignment and the neuromusculoskeletal system while working with the body’s “innate” intelligence.
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What is the difference between Cranial Osteopathy and Craniosacral Therapy?
Cranial Osteopathy is performed by a fully licensed and trained physician.  Craniosacral therapy requires a 24-hour training course, and is usually done by allied health professionals (massage therapists, physical therapists etc.) and is sometimes done by non health care practitioners.   There is no formal licensing for craniosacral therapy.  The training for cranial osteopaths includes many hours both in medical school and in cranial osteopathic courses for physicians, in addition to the rigorous anatomy and physiology training received during medical training.
For more information visit: http://www.cranialacademy.com/cst.html
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Does your practice work with supplements or nutrition?
Nutrition counseling and supplementation can be appropriate, especially when working with specific health issues such as pain and inflammation.  We do make supplement and dietary suggestions from time to time on an individual basis.
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Can anyone of any age receive an osteopathic treatment?
Yes, even those with serious health conditions.  There are a variety of different treatment modalities, ranging from very gentle to more direct, and no two treatments are alike.  We always tailor an osteopathic treatment to each individual patient.
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Can you be my primary care physician?
No.  We are fully licensed physicians with a specialty practice in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.  We will happily work with your other health care providers, including primary care physicians as appropriate.
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What are your office hours?
Our usual office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8 am to 12 pm.
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Do you take Insurance?
We take most major insurances. We are not accepting new Medicare patients at this time. Please call to find out if your plan is covered.  You may need to contact your insurance company to find out specifics about your coverage.  Patients with HMO plans need to contact their primary care physician for a referral before their appointment.  Please note that we are a specialist practice.
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Do you treat people after motor vehicle accidents or work with workman’s compensation?
We do see patients for these types of injuries.  You will need to bring all necessary information to your first appointment, including claim number, date of injury and case manager or attorney contact information.  For motor vehicle accidents, we will not bill third parties, regardless of fault.  Please call our office for further details.
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Cancellation Policy
We require at least 24 hours advance notice by phone for cancelling or rescheduling an appointment.  In the event that an appointment is not cancelled within the 24-hour time frame, it is our office policy to charge for the missed appointment.
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Do you prescribe narcotics?
Seldom, and only for short periods of time.
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Do you prescribe medical marijuana?
No.
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