Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic Medicine is a complete system of medical care. Osteopathic Physicians treat the whole person, not just disease symptoms. They focus on the relationship of the body’s structural relationships and its function (or loss of function), and the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself. They do this through the power of healing touch.
Is Osteopathic Medicine considered alternative medicine?
No, Osteopathic Medicine is not alternative at all. It has a history of more than 125 years. It is a complete system of medical care founded on the philosophy of treating the whole person. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully trained and state-licensed medical physicians. Our philosophy of patient-focused care allows DOs to provide comprehensive health care, while also making you feel well cared for. Dr. Sina is board certified in both Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
What is OMT?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It is a medical procedure that involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. The techniques are successful because of the close relationship between your body's muscles, bones and nerves (your neuromusculoskeletal system).
Most of these techniques do not involve fast movement or trying to make cracking sounds. The main purpose of OMT is to restore the body's natural balance (homeostasis) to promote your body's natural tendency toward good health. All osteopathic physicians are taught these diagnostics and skills during their medical training and may use them in their practice. OMT is rarely used as a primary treatment regimen unless your problems are a result of musculoskeletal somatic dysfunction, meaning you have altered motion of the musculoskeletal system that can be treated. It can be used along with or in place of surgery or prescription medications when appropriate.
What can you expect during osteopathic manipulation treatment?
Before performing any osteopathic manipulative technique, the physician will take your history and perform a physical exam to determine which problems you are experiencing and which option of treatment will work for you. OMM restores balance to the whole body. As a patient receiving this treatment, you may be a passive or active participant in the process.
OMT includes many different techniques to move your muscles and joints:
- Light pressure applied with or without resistance
- Passive motion (you do nothing)
- Active motion (you may tighten muscles or breathe deeply)
- Gentle joint mobilization
- Each time you are seen for treatment, the physician will examine you and evaluate how your body has responded to treatment and determine what, if any, further treatment is needed.
Who Can Benefit From OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds, including infants. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat health problems such as:
- Functional Constipation
- Pregnancy-related Pain
- Menstrual Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sinus Disorders
- Shin Splints
- Tibial Torsion
- Neck Pain/Strain
- Back Pain/Strain
- Migraine and Muscular Headaches
- Recurrent OM
- Chronic Serous OM
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sucking Dysfunction in Infants
- Many Sports Injuries
- Muscle Pain