FAQ

Do you treat children?

We treat newborns, toddlers and everyone else.   Children in particular benefit greatly from early treatment with Osteopathic Manipulation because it helps to work out the physical impacts from birth, soft tissue strain patterns resulting from positioning in the maternal womb, as well as typical childhood injuries.  Many common childhood problems like reflux, plagiocephaly, spitting up/nursing problems, asthma, growing pains, scoliosis, etc. are treatable. Neurodevelopmental problems can also derive great benefit from treatment, and we frequently see that kids progress faster through their therapy programs once Osteopathic Manipulation is added to their care.

Do you crack backs and necks?

While all Osteopathic Physicians do learn how to ‘crack a back’ by doing the thrusting maneuvers most people have seen in film or TV, we do not utilize that style of treatment in this office.  Our treatment is soft tissue-based and includes Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (the origin of craniosacral therapy) and Biodynamics. It is a relaxing experience. There is generally no pain during the treatment, and no needles involved.

My friend got relief in just one visit. Should I expect the same rapid benefit?

The short answer is–not necessarily.  Each individual has his or her own trauma, surgical, medical and personal history which affects the condition of the body and the relative ease of reversal of mechanical patterns and fascial distortions. One’s emotional state additionally plays a role in treatment response. Generally, those who eat a clean diet (no processed foods, limited sugar and dairy), exercise regularly and who have had bodywork in the past typically do respond faster.

What conditions does Osteopathic Manipulation treat?

The better question is, what don’t we treat?!  Osteopathic Manipulation is great for both acute and chronic sources of pain, but also for a wider variety of health conditions that you wouldn’t necessarily think to treat with bodywork.  We have a great track record with those who have persisting pain after surgery or pain after a fracture has ‘healed’. Dr. Reeh loves to take on patients with symptoms and conditions no one can figure out–often there is a simple neuroanatomic basis which responds well to treatment.  So if your doctors don’t know what else to offer you, try Osteopathic Manipulation!

Why should someone seek treatment with Osteopathic Manipulation?

The reasons people seek treatment definitely vary, but life is full of stresses and injury so we all would benefit in some way.  Falls down stairs, hitting your head on a countertop after grabbing something off the floor, slipping on ice, being rear-ended in your car, etc. all create strains in your body and regions where things get knocked off balance and/or stuck. Treatment restores normal tone to tissues, normal balance and alignment, and improves range of motion. Joints and fluids move better again. You will feel better as a result.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The answer to that question varies depending on the individual.  Relatively recent injuries may just require one or two sessions. Long term conditions may require a dozen treatments or more. Once we start your treatment, and see how your body responds, we have a better idea of the timeline involved.  Ideally, a “tune-up” once or twice a year is the goal.

Do you do craniosacral therapy?

Dr. Reeh uses what is technically termed Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, aka Cranial Osteopathy, for her patients. This technique is sometimes loosely referred to as craniosacral therapy, but they are in fact different. Craniosacral therapy is an abridged version of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, as the information is narrowed down, altered somewhat, and taught to non-physician practitioners who are technically not sufficiently trained (or legally allowed) to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of medical conditions.  Though some craniosacral practitioners excel in its use, many of those who take this basic craniosacral coursework in fact rarely use it, despite listing it on a website or card as an offering.

In contrast, the foundation of Cranial Osteopathy is the anatomy and physiology of the entire body– beyond just the cranium and sacrum. It addresses structural and bony strain patterns as well as changes within the nervous, endocrine, vascular and lymphatic/glymphatic systems so it can have a profound effect on health. It can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions so an intimate understanding of human health and disease is essential to its incorporation into treatment. It often takes hundreds of hours of study and years of practical clinical use to develop expertise in this area of treatment. Daily clinical use is a necessity to become effective.

Why do you not participate with insurances?

We used to participate with insurance plans for many years, but found they liked to punish us and our patients with things like denials, endless requests for medical records and even audits.  Dr. Reeh does not practice like most physicians, and this gets noticed! Though Osteopathic Manipulation is technically a covered service, most insurers made it very difficult to receive payment consistently and fairly. We finally had to give up these contracts.  We do provide a billing statement with applicable codes, so those patients who have out of network benefits can seek reimbursement.

Why do you not allow fragrances and scents in the office?

We have many patients who are scent sensitive due to conditions like migraine, fibromyalgia, allergies, and asthma. Dr. Reeh is sensitive as well. Most fragrances are derived from chemical compounds that can linger in the environment or on the doctor’s hands despite repeated washings. We do not want our office to be a trigger for those who suffer, and we ask for patient consideration and cooperation on that front.  You will often see this request in the offices of allergists or headache centers also.

What types of payment do you accept?

We take cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, American Express, Discover and Mastercard). We also accept FSA/HSA cards.