Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
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 Treatment (OMT) involves a wide variety of techniques applied to the neuromusculoskeletal system, including joints and the surrounding soft tissues and fluids, muscles, nerves and membranes (fascia). We start by performing an examination of your body’s soft tissues at the source of pain in order to determine the best treatment option for you. Our doctors are board certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, or physical medicine and rehabilitation. We also provide advanced knowledge of sports medicine—including orthopedics, rehabilitation, exercise physiology and nutrition—all available or designed to improve the overall health and function of your body.
The immediate goal of musculoskeletal manipulation is to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system and postural balance.
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)