Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
The principles of osteopathic care were established in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who believed that effective medical care should promote the body's ability to heal itself. Using this principle, osteopathic care focuses on treating the patient as whole, rather than simply treating specific symptoms of an illness or condition. Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) work in partnership with their patients to break down barriers that inhibit quality healthcare. DOs also stress the importance of preventative care.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:
- Sinus Disorders
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Menstrual Pain