Marianne T. Longacre, D.O. 

Board Certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group, INC

45 Wells Street, suite 104, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
401-637-7200, choose extension for Westerly Primary Care
Developed 130 years ago by physician A.T. Still, osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the U.S. and brings a unique philosophy to traditional medicine. With a strong emphasis on the inter-relationship of the body's nerves, muscles, bones and organs, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.'s, apply the philosophy of treating the whole person to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury.

Osteopathic Manipulation may be described as a skillful hands-on specialty performed by a physician. Dr. Longacre uses knowledge and her hands to understand, diagnose, and address a person's ailments. The osteopathic treatment involves a gentle contact. The tissues of the body are mobilized and encouraged to resume a more symmetrical and free motion. She uses certain techniques and principles of treatment that she learned through her years of training.

Dr. Longacre chose to specialize in the hands-on non-surgical approach to patient care by training in osteopathic manipulation. In addition, she focused her studies in Cranial Osteopathy. Physicians who practice Cranial Osteopathy treat the whole person and acknowledge the importance of the delicate yet potent movements of the cranial bones, sacrum, dura, central nervous system, and cerebral spinal fluid in initiating and maintaining health.

However, Dr. Longacre's field of expertise is not limited to the cranium, spine and sacrum. She evaluates and treats the whole body. Many problems with the shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles can be treated with osteopathic manipulation.

Dr. Longacre, as well as other D.O.' s who specialize in Osteopathic Manipulation, treat a myriad of other issues, such as, asthma, reflux, fibromyalgia, constipation, developmental delay, and lymphedema. The positive results are proof that treating the musculoskeletal systems improves the function of the lungs, intestines, nerves, and lymphatics.  Dr. Longacre treats the person, not just the  symptoms.