Frequently Asked Questions

What age ranges of patient’s are seen?

Care is provided for pediatrics (from newborns to adolescents) and adults as well as geriatric patients for any healthcare concerns.

When should you consider a Holistic approach to your health needs?

When your health is unsatisfactory, not improving satisfactorily, or you just want to improve your quality of life this clinic is here to help.

Can I see other healthcare practitioners at the same time?

It is also preferable, although not absolutely necessary, to schedule other types of treatments, such as massage, PT, and OT, more than 72 hours before or after your visit. The reason for this recommendation is that the normal healing process takes about 72 hours to fully mature, so this timing allows your system adequate time to fully respond to each treatment before the next is introduced.

What do I wear for my treatment?

Patients are treated fully clothed, except for shoes. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, or bring some with you, when possible. For women, pants are preferred. Please refrain from perfumes and strong fragrances, as some of our patients are chemically sensitive. It helps to be as relaxed as possible before your treatment, avoiding consumption of stimulants such as coffee and nicotine right before your treatment can be helpful.

How Does Cranial Osteopathy Differ From Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

The primary and most significant difference between the Cranial Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral therapy is the level of training of the practitioners.

Cranial Osteopathy is a medical treatment applied by licensed physicians who have completed osteopathic medical education and numerous years of additional training in this specialty. In the United States, only actively licensed physicians are permitted to diagnose and treat using Cranial Osteopathy. Cranio-Sacral Therapy requires little to no medical background. A single 24 hours course provides a certificate.

Osteopathic Physicians (USA) who are trained in the Cranial Concept:

  • Are taught the depth of Dr. Sutherland’s vision, and the evolution of his legacy dated from the early 1900s.
  • Are fully qualified to practice the full range and scope of medicine and surgery. This thorough training brings a profound depth of understanding, knowledge, experience, and commitment to the diagnosis and treatment process.
  • Receive in-depth training in the applications of Osteopathic philosophy and technique. Cranial Osteopathy is an expansion of basic Osteopathic philosophy. Without this basic Osteopathic background, the full potential of cranial treatment may never be realized.

What is the Difference Between a DO and Chiropractor?

The primary differences between an Osteopathic Physician (DO) and a chiropractor are their levels of training and the scope of their practice.

Level of Training: The requirements in undergraduate education, graduate education, and postgraduate training is greater for DOs than for chiropractors. DOs are trained and licensed to utilize medication and surgery in the branch of medicine for which they are trained.

Scope of Practice: A chiropractor is not a licensed physician and has not completed residency training in a hospital. The scope of chiropractic practice is defined by statute as “including the diagnosing and locating of misaligned or displaced vertebrae and, through manual manipulation and adjustment of the spine and other skeletal structures, treating disorders of the human body. The practice of chiropractic does not include the use of drugs or surgery, or the practice of osteopathy, obstetrics, or any other branch of medicine.”

Techniques: Chiropractic is primarily concerned with normalizing the alignment of the spine to influence the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system. In this way, the chiropractor endeavors to influence the physiological function of all the organs and systems within the body. Although their techniques have expanded somewhat in recent years to include more gentle techniques, the vast majority of chiropractic adjustments are still of the thrust variety.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is based on the principle that the human body possesses self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms that are the source of true healing. The osteopath is trained to discover the treatment plan that these forces have already designed, in that moment, specifically for that patient. The focus in treatment, therefore, goes beyond simple spinal alignment, to dealing directly with the abnormal body physiology using an array of direct and indirect techniques. This more holistic healthcare perspective, affords the osteopath a broader spectrum of therapeutic options in addition to thrust techniques, among which are myofascial release, muscle energy, counter strain, visceral manipulation, osteopathy in the cranial Field and biodynamics.

This broader range of diagnostic and therapeutic options, allows the osteopathic physician to custom fit their treatment to the patient’s unique needs, respecting the fact that each of us are not necessarily meant to look and function the same way. This also means that the osteopath may not prescribe months or years of treatment at the first visit, but lets the prescription unfold as the treatment process proceeds.