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The only things distinguishing D.O.s (Doctors of Osteopathy) from M.D.s (Doctors of Medicine) are the underlying philosophy of osteopathy, and the refined use of touch in manual medicine.

Q: Who benefits from Osteopathic Manual Medicine, (OMM)?
A: Anyone who wants his or her body and mind to feel and function better will find it useful. It may relieve acute or chronic pain, stress, anxiety, poor postural habits, migraines, traumatic brain injuries, musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or post Lyme syndrome. Healthy people may receive tune-ups as preventive care. Pregnant women benefit well from it, especially in the third trimester when the hormone relaxin is released to allow fascia to stretch and bones to glide. It is wise to be treated after delivery too, to be sure that these structures return to their normal relationships, to prevent problems later on. Newborns are good candidates for OMM. During the birth process they are exposed to stresses which can often be relieved in one or two treatments, preventing serious conditions arising such as torticollis, plageocaephally, and colic. Children with learning or movement dysfunctions respond well to OMM. It is a safe way to treat scoliosis, pectus excavatum, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, ADHD, OCD, and autism.

Q: Is Osteopathy only for treating pain and disease?
A: Dr. Friedman treats athletes, dancers, and other healthy people looking to improve their capabilities and prevent injuries. Writers, artists, actors, and musicians may also benefit from treatments to enhance their craft.

Q: Does osteopathic treatment hurt?
A: Osteopathic treatment by Jackson Friedman, D.O. is gentle and sensitively applied. In this paradigm, any pain reduces gain.

Q: How safe is Osteopathy?
A: Osteopathy is a very conservative treatment without the side effects of drugs, or the risks inherent in surgery.

Q: What are the risks?
A: Although very rare, there is a chance of exacerbating an underlying condition, like arthritis, that is self-limiting. Also, occasionally a symptom may worsen for a day before improving significantly.

Q: How long does it take to get better?
A: This depends on the nature of the problem, degree of the involvement, and how long it’s been there. This will be addressed in your first office visit.

Q: What insurance do you accept?
A: Dr. Friedman is a participating provider for HMSA but no longer accepts Medicare. To learn if you qualify, please contact your insurance company and ask them:
1. Do I have out of network benefits?hand eye
2. What’s my deductible?
3. What percent do you cover?

Q: How long does a session last?
A: The initial visit is about 1 hour and follow-up is about 50 minutes depending on what's needed. The body and mind can only absorb so much at a time. Seeds are sown during the session. The treatment continues for about 3 days after the session, which is a good time to evaluate results.

Q: How often do I need a session?
A: Moderate to severe problems may require weekly visits for about four weeks, then bi-weekly, then monthly and eventually as needed. Some moderate to severe cases clear up in just a few treatments. Others take longer.

Q: How do Osteopaths differ from Chiropractors?
A: Chiropractors graduate from a four-year chiropractic program and are not required to have a post graduate residency. They are licensed to manipulate the spine and connective tissues. Osteopaths complete a four-year medical training before embarking on an internship and residency of at least three years, in hospitals training in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, and other specialties. An osteopathic medical license allows an unlimited scope of practice.


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