How Does Osteopathic Manipulation Make Me Better?

In medicine, “manipulation” is defined as the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. OMM, also called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), is a form of manipulation that:

• Is the generic term used to refer to many different manipulation techniques

• Can be used to treat structural and functional issues in the bones, joints, tissues, and muscles of the body

• Uses the relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal system and the rest of the body to restore functionality and/or remove barriers to motion and healing

• Achieves and maintains patient health as part of a whole system of evaluation and treatment

As one of many tools that DOs can utilize to care for patient, OMT can be used to treat a wide variety of common ailments, including headaches, arthritis, stress injuries, sports injuries, and pain in areas such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, and knees. The benefits of OMT are:

  • Provides a non-invasive and medication free  treatment option for patients

  • Can be performed in many different environments

  • Training enhances a physician’s overall diagnostic skills

  • Can be administered safely in combination with other medical treatments to improve outcomes 

  • It improves the form so you function better