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Maria T. Gentile, D.O.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What's the difference between you and a chiropractor?
  2. Did you go to medical school?
  3. Can you prescribe medicines?
  4. Do you do craniosacral therapy?
  5. What happens in an office visit?
  6. How many visits will I have to have?

What's the difference between you and a chiropractor?

I am a medical doctor.  I went to medical school and completed an accredited residency program.  I am fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery.  I can prescribe medications and perform traditional as well as complementary medical treatment.

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Did you go to medical school?

Yes, I graduated from a fully accredited medical university after completing four full years of training.  I even stayed an extra year to train in and teach Osteopathic Manipulation.

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Can you prescribe medicine?

Yes, I can and do prescribe medication when I feel it is necessary.  I may prescribe traditional, herbal or homeopathic medications depending upon the problem.

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Do you do craniosacral therapy?

I do osteopathic cranial manipulation, also known as osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF).  This is the method that was developed and taught by William Garner Sutherland, D.O., the founder of cranial manipulation.  Dr. Sutherland referred to the craniosacral mechanism in his teachings.  Those of us who perform OCF have had extensive hours of training in this field and a medical anatomy and physiology background supporting this work.  Craniosacral therapy is a simplified form of cranial manipulation taught to many body workers.  It is not the same as OCF.

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What happens in an office visit?

The first office visit lasts anywhere from 1 1/2  to 2 hours.  During this visit a complete and comprehensive history is taken and a physical examination is performed.  In addition, a postural evaluation is made and an osteopathic structural exam is done.  Much of the osteopathic diagnosis and treatment involves a hands-on approach in which I am palpating (feeling) the living anatomy.  This is done to find areas of restricted motion and fluid flow,  The goal of treatment is to help correct these areas in order to allow the body's inherent healing mechanisms to improve the body's overall function and general health.

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How many visits will I have to have?

The answer to this question can only be determined once treatment has begun and we can make a joint determination about how your body is responding.  Every person is an individual and each person will influence their own course of treatment.

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