Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS IOM?

IOM is short for Insight Osteopathic Medicine. A physician directed integrated medical clinic offering Osteopathic Medicine & Massage Therapy. If you would like to learn more about what we do please visit our services page. 

 

WHAT IS A DO (OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN)?

Doctors of Osteopathy are fully licensed physicians practicing in every healthcare specialty throughout the United States. DO’s are also trained in the safe and gentle practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DO, MD & CHIROPRACTOR?

DO’s and MD’s are both fully licensed physicians able to practice without limitations. Osteopaths and Chiropractors are both trained to perform manipulation. However, OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment) and Chiropractic adjustments are different. Chiropractors have less education and training and are not licensed to prescribe drugs or perform surgery. For more information on this topic visit our Credentials of a DO section.

 

WHAT IS OMT (OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT)?

OMT is a safe and gentle manual therapy which is covered by most insurance.

Visit our What is OMT section for more information on this topic.

 

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY BE BENEFICIAL FOR SO MANY CONDITIONS?

Most people in Western cultures tend to associate certain therapies as helping only certain health problems. Osteopathy’s reach is nearly unlimited because it works to strengthen and restore the body’s own powerful healing ability. All cells of the body require nutrients, waste removal, and nerve communication to function properly. When the body can do these tasks unencumbered, it is healthier. Osteopaths free up these pathways, allowing the body to do what it does best-heal and maintain itself.

 

DO OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS PRESCRIBE DRUGS?

Yes, like allopathic doctors (md’s) if they determine pharmaceuticals are beneficial to the patient’s optimal treatment plan.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes or bring them with you. Try to avoid jeans and perfumes. Visit our Services section for more information on this topic and information about your massage or osteopathic appointment.

 

CAN AN OSTEOPATH BE MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?

There are many DO’s practicing primary care and general medicine. However, here at IOM our DO’s specialize and are board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine). We are happy to work side by side with your PCP for the most comprehensive medical care.

 

WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MY OSTEOPATHIC VISIT?

Your consultation and osteopathic manipulation will be covered by insurance most of the time. Your osteopathic consultation will process toward your specialist physician benefit. Osteopathic Manipulation is considered a medical procedure. This medical procedure will usually process toward your major medical benefits. We recommend you either contact our office or contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to check your benefits and make sure Insight Osteopathic Medicine is in your preferred provider network. 

 

Please visit our insurance section for more information.

 

WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MASSAGE THERAPY?

Massage is not always a covered benefit, it depends on your plan. It is always best to check your benefits to see if your plan offers this coverage.

 

We recommend you fill out our insurance questionnaire or contact our office so we can check your benefits prior to your first scheduled appointment.