CAPITAL REGION OSTEOPATHY

Frequently asked questions



What is a DO?

A Doctor of Osteopathy(D.O.) is a licensed physician who can prescribe medications and send you for an X-ray or MRI if you need it, in addition to treating you with gentle hands-on manipulation for a variety of medical problems.


What is OMM?

OMM, which stands for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is a non-surgical, gentle, hands-on approach to treating the whole body.


Why would I go to a DO?

A DO can treat you for many different medical problem, but a list of common complaints are:

-Migraines/headaches                                                                         -Pain in pregnancy

-Sinus infections                                                                                  -Diarrhea/constipation

-Respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia                 -Post-partum pain

-Sports injuries                                                                                     -Scoliosis

-Infant issues such as torticollis, colic, latching difficulties                   -Post-operative recovery

-Back pain                                                                                            -Ear infections

-Neck pain                                                                                            -Vertigo 

-Nausea/vomiting in pregnancy                                                           -Post-concussive syndrome


Why should I go to a DO?

A DO will treat you as an individual and take into account your personal needs.  Osteopaths who specialize in OMM rarely prescribe medication, and treatment can help some people avoid surgery.


Who can go to a DO?

Anyone can be treated with OMM, from infants to senior citizens.


Does it hurt?

Typically treatment is not painful.  In fact most patients find it very relaxing and sometimes fall asleep.


What happens when I go to my appointment?

The physician treating you will take a full medical history, do a physical examination and examine the alignment of your legs, pelvis, back, arms, neck, and head.  Treatment is gentle, non-invasive and most patients become very relaxed.  Patients remain dressed while being treated.



Will I need to be treated more than once?

It depends on the problem.  Many medical issues can be treated in a few sessions, while long-standing problems typically take more time to treat.


How long does the treatment take?

The first appointment will be an hour and a half and follow-up appointments will be forty five minutes long.


Is this type of treatment helpful if I’ve had surgery?

Yes, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine can be very beneficial after surgery to promote healing, help your body drain extra fluid build up, and decrease pain.