Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), also called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), is a hands-on treatment that can be used to treat structural and functional issues in the bones, joints, connective tissues, and muscles that arise from acute or chronic injury. OMT/OMM utilizes a diverse set of manipulation techniques that can be used to treat different orthopedic conditions and augment the body’s intrinsic mechanisms to heal itself.
The goal of OMM is to relieve pain, improve mobility and range of motion, and restore function. OMM can treat many conditions, including:
OMM is a comprehensive, holistic, non-invasive, and medication-free treatment that can be safely combined with other treatments. OMM treatment can alter the mechanical force distribution throughout the musculoskeletal system that can lead to improvement in biomechanics and optimal functioning of the musculoskeletal tissues.
The goal is to restore structural balance, enhance range of motion, augment circulation, and alleviate tight muscles.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are physicians, who along with MDs, are licensed to prescribe medicine and perform surgery in all 50 states. More than 26% of medical students in the United States are in DO training programs.
In addition to four years of medical school and traditional medical training, DOs bring something extra to the practice of medicine. The focus of DO training is to treat the entire person rather than just symptoms and bring a holistic approach to medicine. DOs are trained to be doctors first and specialists second.
As part of their osteopathic medical school studies, DOs receive extra training in manipulating the musculoskeletal system. Some DOs then go on to complete additional residency training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in a Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Medicine (NMM) training program.
During the osteopathic manipulative treatment, you’ll sit or lie down on an exam table. After gathering a detailed History and Physical Exam, the osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques will be personalized to the individual patient and the unique characteristics of their injury. There are more than 40 different osteopathic manipulative techniques, and your doctor may use slow, continuous, quick, or sudden manipulations. Often multiple techniques will be used during treatment to optimize treatment response.
OMM is a comprehensive, holistic, non-invasive, and medication-free treatment that treats conditions across the musculoskeletal system. Everyone responds to osteopathic manipulation differently. Patients may feel sore for a day or two after treatment. Some people feel tired after OMT, while others feel energized.
OMM can be used on patients of all ages.
Some patients may only need one treatment, while other patients may require a series of OMM treatments.
In most cases, OMM is covered by health insurance. The amount that is covered may vary based on your insurance company.
OMM and chiropractic care may use some similar techniques, but there are distinct differences between them.