What is Osteopathy?

In 1874, Andrew Taylor Still MD, (1828-1917) discovered that health can be realized only when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together in harmonious motion. He named his innovative approach to restoring health “osteopathy”. He understood that the human body is composed of many parts, all intimately related as a functional whole. More than a hundred years ago, Dr. Still realized that human beings are more than just a physical body. He envisioned a totally new medical system that acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

For ten years, as a physician living on the Missouri frontier, Dr. Still researched and developed osteopathy. He discovered that he had the ability to put his hands on patients, change their physiology, and restore health. He developed a very practical way of treating people using his hands. Today, osteopathic physicians continue to use their hands to treat their patients in this same tradition.

In the late 1800s, none of today’s miracle drugs, such as antibiotics, were available. Out of necessity, Dr. Still looked first to nature’s own ability to heal and found a way to access this healing ability in the body. Still saw this self-correcting potential as a cornerstone of his osteopathic philosophy. When combined with appropriate use of present day medical therapeutics, osteopathy offers a profound contribution to medicine.


What is Cranial Osteopathy?


William Garner Sutherland, DO (1873-1954), discovered, developed, and taught Cranial Osteopathy in the early to mid 1900s. He was the first to perceive a subtle palpable movement within the bones of the cranium, and went on to discover the continuity of this rhythmic fluid movement throughout all tissues of the body.

As the lungs breathe and the heart beats with a rhythmic alternating expansion and contraction motion, the central nervous system also has its own involuntary rhythmic motion. Dr. Sutherland called this inherent activity the Primary Respiratory Mechanism because it seemed to have a respiratory-like motion, with “inhalation”and “exhalation” phases. The hands of a skilled osteopathic physician connect directly with this primary respiratory motion to initiate a therapeutic response. Primary respiration is the guiding principle; it is the inherent intelligence within. This primary respiratory motion actually expresses itself through every cell of the body, influencing all body functions. Physicians trained in cranial osteopathy can place their hands on any part of the patient to perceive and influence this important mechanism.


Who Can Benefit from Cranial Osteopathy?

Since the ability to heal persist throughout life, patients of all ages can benefit froths gentle treatment approach. Cranial Osteopathy can help with many different disease processes, from the moment of birth until the end of life. Treatment restores motion, improves vitality (the ability to heal), and bring about a higher state of function.

Problems may begin with birth itself, often our first trauma, as the infant’s skull pushes against the birth canal. Some methods used to ease a difficult birth (forceps, vacuum extraction, and anesthesia), although necessary, may add to the trauma. Infants with cranial distortion may present with such problems as infantile colic, inability to suck or swallow, frequent spitting up, chronic ear infections, or even delayed development. Some problems, such as learning disabilities, may not surface until a later date.

Remember, life’s physical and emotional traumas can alter or hinder function at any age, often producing significant effects upon a person’s health. This can cause a wide variety of problems, including low back pain, headaches, joint pain, and repetitive stress syndromes such as tendonitis. The effects of trauma are not limited to the musculoskeletal system. Respiratory, digestive, menstrual, and other systemic disorders may also result form traumatic influences. When indicated, osteopathic treatment may provide significant relief.


What Conditions are Commonly Treated?

Systemic Problems:
Neurologic Syndromes
Seizure Disorders
Digestive Disorders
Genito-Urinary Problems
Chronic Infectious Disease
Rheumatic Problems
Delayed Development

Pediatric Problems:
Birth Trauma
Colic, Spitting Up
Sucking Difficulty
Dyslexia
Learning Disorders
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Ear Infections

Body Pain:
Traumatic Injury
Head Trauma
Neck Pain
Low Back Pain
Sciatica
Headaches
Joint Pain Syndromes

Problems of Pregnancy:
Back Pain
Joint Pain
Digestive Upset

Respiratory Illness:
Asthma
Allergies
Chronic Infections


What Happens in Treatment?

After a thorough history (including a discussion of traumatic events) and an osteopathic physical exam, the patient, preferable dressed in loose, comfortable clothing, lies down on a treatment table.

The osteopathic physician will typically place his or her hands underneath or over some part of the body to evaluate tissue function and structural dynamics. A thorough diagnosis connects the patient’s history and physical exam to the structural evaluation. A “cause and effect” relationship frequently emerges, and patients are often relieved to know that their symptoms make sense.

Treatment involves a gentle, hands-on approach to free the areas of the body in which motion has become restricted. By cradling the head, the sacrum (tailbone), or other areas of the body, gentle pressures and/or repositioning movements are applied to agree the bones, tissues and fluids that have become restricted. Some patients sense only a gentle touch, while others feel their body change immediately. Some simply feel a deep sense of relaxation, and others feel nothing at all. Though treatment is very gentle, patients may occasionally experience some discomfort during certain stages of the treatment. If this occurs, it is simply a part of the healing process, and as the treatment progresses, the discomfort subsides. As symptoms clear, patients often experience an ongoing sense of improved well-being and health. Most treatments take about 20 to 45 minutes.


How Long Does it Take to See Results?

Results depend upon many factors, including the body’s inherent vitality and the severity and the duration of the problem. Some conditions will respond immediately to Cranial Osteopathy. Some will require a series of treatments. It is important to understand that Cranial Osteopathy is not a cure-all. It can benefit everyone to some degree, because everyone has been imprinted individually by the trauma of life. For some patients it might be necessary to include other types of treatment. For many, Cranial Osteopathy is “the solution” to their problems.

Are DOs and MDs the Same?

Like allopathic physicians (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) educated in the United States are fully trained and licensed to practice the entire range and scope of medicine and surgery. Here, DOs attend their own medical schools, and then continue in post graduate training programs, internships and residencies, often training side by side with their MD colleagues.

Doctors of Osteopathy receive additional education in the principles and practice of osteopathy as part of their basic medical education. Those doctors who utilize Cranial Osteopathy have many hours of additional training int eh various functions of the cranium and primary respiration, and their relationship to all other parts of the body. This specialized training allows the osteopathic physician to diagnose and treat disorders and diseases in ways that are unique to the osteopathic profession.


Are DOs the Only Cranial Practitioners?

Many healthcare practitioners including”body workers”, massage therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists have learned a form of therapy called “Cranio-Sacral Therapy”. These crania-sacral practitioners have been taught simplified techniques that work on a cranial mechanism, but lack the training of a complete osteopathic medical education. Crania-Sacral Therapy is different than Cranial Osteopathy both in principles and practice. Only a physician (DO/MD), dentist (DDS/DMD) or qualified international DO/MD is eligible to receive training in the osteopathic cranial concept and become a member of The Cranial Academy.

More information is available at www.cranialacademy.org


Will my insurance cover my visit?

While we do take a majority of insurance plans, we do NOT accept Medicaid or Medicare. We also do NOT accept any auto insurance. We will bill your insurance company when appropriate for the services performed at our office. However, with frequent changes and the complexity of our health care system, we are not able to know each insurance plan’s coverage. Please know that it is ultimately your responsibility to know your insurance coverage, and you are responsible for payment for anything your insurance doesn’t cover. Please furnish our office with all of the necessary information required to bill your insurance.

What is Glutathione IV Therapy?

Glutathione = A crystalline water soluble peptide of glutanic acid, and glycine found in the blood and tissues. It is produced in the liver but can be found in meats, fruits and vegetables. Glutatione is also known as the body’s most important anti-oxidant. It helps prevent and reverse free radicals. Intravenously, it helps treat Parkinson disease, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome and osteo-arthritis.

OIM specializes in IV Therapies to help restore your optimum health.


Are the stem cells you use the same as embryonic stem cells?

The stem cells we use are umbilical stem cells. They are not as spontaneous and liable as embryonic stem cells and do not carry
a risk of causing cancer.

What down time should I expect after a stem cell or platelet rich plasma procedure?

Essentially, there is no down time from either procedure. We recommend a 2-4 week return to sports program,
but there is no down time from other activities of daily living.

Is the stem cell or platelet rich plasma procedure safe?

There have been no reports in medical literature showing adverse reactions in cells and platelets used.
Stem cells have been used in animals for over 10 years without adverse effects.

Is the stem cell or platelet rich plasma procedure covered by insurance?

Currently, medical insurance companies do not recognize stem cell therapy as a treatment for insurance
coverage.

How often does the stem cell or platelet rich plasma procedure work?

Stem cell/platelet procedures have been done in our office and those of other physicians several thousand times
and the results are typically equal to or surpass other typical orthopedic procedures which involve surgery and
substantial downtime.

If the stem cells or platelets do not work, can I still have surgery?

Yes, there is nothing about these procedures that will preclude you from having traditional medical treatment or
surgery.