Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.
What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and How can It Help Me?
Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, the body’s intricate system of muscles, nerves and bones. This advanced training provides DOs with a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. OMT can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. Through OMT, physicians manually apply a specific amount of pressure to different regions in the body. These techniques can help:
Treat structural and tissue abnormalities
Relieve joint restriction and misalignment
Restore muscle and tissue balance
Promote the overall movement of blood flow throughout the body