What issues can be treated with osteopathic manipulation?

  • whiplash injuries from car and equestrian accidents
  • sinus and tension headaches
  • post-concussion syndrome
  • closed head trauma and traumatic brain injury
  • temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • vertigo and labrynthitis
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • adjunct treatment with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • some types of lactation dysfunction, like low milk supply, suckle dysfunction and colic
  • fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue
  • sports performance and balance enhancement

What does a treatment feel like?

The treatment is 60 minutes long. Patients are fully clothed and lie face up on a massage table. Dr. Prewitt uses gentle pressure on the lower legs, under the sacrum, the respiratory diaphragm, the shoulder blades, under the neck and head. Most patients find the treatment extremely relaxing and fall into a twilight sleep.

The main idea during treatment is to bring healthy motion to free areas which have restricted motion. Treatment involves cradling the head or the sacrum (tailbone), using gentle pressures to release areas of trauma strain.

All patients are treated in a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free room. Patients should wear comfortable knit clothes. No belts, hair clips, or jeans, please.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic Medicine was founded by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. in 1892.  Dr. Still was a Civil War Surgeon and anatomist. He studied the relationship between bones, cartilage, muscle, nerves, and lymph flow. Dr. Still's study was governed by four guiding principles which he called the Osteopathic Principles. The Osteopathic Principles are:

  1. The body is a unit of mind, body, and spirit.
  2. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms which are always striving towards self-healing.
  3. Structure and Function are reciprocally interrelated.
  4. Rational treatment is based on consideration of the first three principles.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy, also called Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, began in 1939 as a result of the studies of William Sutherland, D.O.. Dr. Sutherland described the palpable movement between the 22 cranial bones. He found palpable motion between the cranial bones and the rest of the bones in the body. He described two rhythms present in every body:  the cranial rhythmic impulse, cycling at 8-12 times per minute, and the Long Tide, cycling at 1-3 times per minute.

What is Biodynamic Osteopathy?

Biodynamic Osteopathy was most expertly articulated by the writings of Rollin Becker, D.O. and oral teachings of James Jealous, D.O. and draws on the foundation of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Biodynamic Osteopathy is the study of "the Breath of Life", or the spark of life, the potency behind primary respiration in all living things.  

The major therapeutic value of Biodynamic treatment is its approach to listening and honoring the body's innate wisdom. The Biodynamic approach brings the body into oneness with the mind and spirit by decreasing the effects of stress (the perception of allostatic load.)


The Cranial Academy

Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation

Traditional Osteopathic Studies and Biodynamic Studies