Mark L. Levine, B.A., R.M.T.

Pediatric + Family Craniosacral + Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

How can I find a qualified practitioner?


Besides at or through this clinic of course, you can find a qualified practitioner via referrals from friends, other health care practitioners such as naturopathic or family physicians, pediatricians, midwives, doulas, breastfeeding consultants, chiropractors, physiotherapists or massage therapists.  We are often asked for referrals to qualified practitioners in other locales.  You can also check on line via the links to educational facilities in the 'links' section of this site. 


It is important to check that the practitioner is licensed first as a member of a health care profession which has a self regulating governing body:  Naturopathic or medical doctors, midwives, chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths or massage therapists are examples of professions whose membership is licensed through a self regulating governing body. 


Craniosacral therapy is taught through various institutions as a post graduate training to such professionals in a variety of schools. 


The qualification issue is made somewhat more confusing because American Osteopaths (who follow their name with the letters D.O., or Doctor of Osteopathy) are medical doctors (M.D.’s) who have also been trained in the manual therapies of osteopathy, yet most D.O.’s practice as family physicians and don’t practice manual therapy.   On the other hand, European Osteopaths are not medical doctors, but are highly trained physical therapists who have a doctoral level designation in the manual practice of osteopathy.  In Canada, there is now the designation D.O.M.P., or Doctorate in Osteopathic Manual Practice. 


Craniosacral therapists are usually massage therapists or physiotherapists or chiropractors who have studied osteopathic techniques through a cumulative self directed post graduate training.  The Upldeger Institute is the world’s largest training organization for this sort of work and maintains a database of therapists who have trained with them. 


It is important to ask a prospective therapist about how many courses and how many years of experience he or she has.  This is particularly important in the case of pediatric work, as the subtlety of palpation skills necessary to work effectively and safely with infants is considerable.


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