What does treatment look like and how long do I need to come?
This is hands-on physical medicine, so there is a good part of every session that involves osteopathic manipulation. The first session is scheduled for an hour, during which we will have adequate time to go over the medical history, the symptoms, and discuss goals of treatment. There is also time for a solid treatment in the first visit, as well. I work with patients fully clothed, so it is helpful to wear thin, smooth, non-binding garments. For most situations a two week interval between treatments is recommended. As symptoms become more stable, we can lengthen the interval between treatments. Each person responds differently: some are substantially better within a handful of sessions and move on, others, usually with more complex or long-standing issues, can require several months or more. As long as both the patient and I are satisfied that progress is being made and there are still things to work on, it is useful to continue.
Do you take insurance?
Dr. Corbett is out of network for private health insurance and he is not a provider for worker’s compensation claims or Medicaid/MNCare. Some Medicare plans do provide coverage as does most auto insurance. We are happy to send claims to your insurance carrier. Any reimbursement is sent directly to the patient, so we ask for payment at the time of service for all patients.
Is osteopathic cranial work the same as Cranio-Sacral Therapy?
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a simplified version of the osteopathic cranial concept that is taught to non-physicians. Osteopathic cranial work, first discovered and taught by William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, accompanies a full medical education and years of training in the medical school setting to bring out its full potential. I have literally thousands of hours of supervised training in the clinic and hospital setting, as well as osteopathic courses and direct mentoring. I have been fortunate to have worked with several of Dr. Sutherland’s students from the 1940’s. The goal of the treatment is to identify the restrictions in the cranial bones and membranes and restore optimal function to the central nervous system and other elements of the head (eyes, ears, sinuses, brain, and brain stem, etc).
What is the difference between an osteopathic physician and a chiropractor?
There are significant differences in the education and training, as well as a wholly different way of approaching treatment. There is some overlap in the types of things that can be treated, and some of the techniques are similar. An osteopath is a fully trained and licensed medical doctor, and as such knows how to integrate medical care and surgery with the hands-on component. Dr. Corbett’s style of treatment stimulates the body’s inner healing mechanisms to do the work, so some patients and types of situations respond better to his approach.