Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Physicians who are trained in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can apply a variety of hands-on methods for diagnosing and treating certain musculoskeletal conditions as well as some other common conditions ranging from asthma and migraines to sinus problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. This form of therapy can help increase a patient’s flexibility, mobility and energy while temporarily reducing pain in the joints, muscles and elsewhere in the body. Here, the physician applies gentle pressure, stretching and resistance to problematic areas using his or her own hands. The methods applied in OMT are often used in combination with – or as alternatives to – other forms of treatment such as medication and surgery.
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy Techniques
There are dozens of OMT techniques, each designed to help with different types of pain, stiffness, tightness, illness or injury. Osteopathic physicians at Affiliated Health Clinics are experts in the full range of these techniques. Some of the most commonly used are:
How is OMT Different From Going to a Chiropractor?
People often wonder how getting OMT is different from going to a chiropractor. Both kinds of treatment use touch, movement, massage and other techniques to help the body heal. But OMT is different in some important ways: