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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is used to improve the impaired or altered function of the musculoskeletal system (somatic dysfunction). OMT was first practiced by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., the founder of modern osteopathic medicine.
OMT requires a specially trained physician to use his/her hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and/or injury. When assessing the patient, the osteopathic physician considers the body as an integrated unit, comprised of multiple complex structures and interrelated functions. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) will help to restore balance and healthy function to your muscles, joints, membranes and fluids using multiple gentle and often soothing techniques. OMT is used to improve the impaired or altered function of the musculoskeletal system (somatic dysfunction).
Osteopathic manipulative treatments involve a wide variety of techniques applied to the musculoskeletal system. These techniques can be applied to the joints, their surrounding soft tissues and fluids, muscles, nerves and membranes (fascia). OMT is not limited to any specific individual, strain or disease process. Anyone can benefit from osteopathic manipulative treatment, as it addresses the musculoskeletal or mechanical components of a disease or complaint.
The immediate goal of musculoskeletal manipulation is to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system and postural balance.
OMT can bring comfort; relieve pain and/or anxiety for moms, babies, and children, whether its pregnancy discomfort, nursing difficulties, earaches or sensory concerns- OMT can help. Gentle techniques are applied to ease the discomforts of this very special population.
OMT in Sports Medicine
Sports medicine is a dynamic field that integrates knowledge from such areas as general medicine, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, exercise physiology and nutrition to improve the overall health and function of the individual. Osteopathic physicians (D.O’s) specializing in sports medicine are additionally trained to integrate osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) into the treatment plan to improve the motion and function of the entire individual. Increased athletic performance has been observed when the body’s motion and function are enhanced. Life is motion and we are designed to move. Sometimes, participation in sports or physical activity can lead to injuries and illnesses. Our goal is to help you recover and continue participating in the healthy activities that you enjoy. Sports medicine isn’t just for athletes. Its principles can be applied to all ages, including children adults and geriatric patients.
Some techniques used in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) are:
- Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT)
- Cranial Osteopathy/ Osteopathy In The Cranial Field (OCF)
- Ligamentous Articular Strain (LAS)
- Strain Counter Strain (SCS)
- Facilitated Positional Release (FPR)
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
- Active Release Technique (ART)
- Visceral Manipulation (VIS)
- Muscle Energy (ME)
- High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA)
Click here to download a PDF with complete definitions of these techniques.