Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment



OMT involves the gentle "hands on" diagnosis and treatment of somatic dysfunction.


Somatic dysfunction (S/D) is diagnosed by examining the body for altered joint function, gait (walking) problems, decreased range of motion, muscle spasm, and other causes that may contribute to pain or impair physiologic function.


S/D cannot be diagnosed by imaging (x-rays, MRI, CT scan, etc.).


S/D is commonly found in all age groups ranging from newly born infants to the elderly.


The presence of S/D can either induce a new or aggravate nearly any pre-existant illness of both men and women.


For this reason, OMT is helpful  in treating both ambulatory and hospitalized patients.


Once present, somatic dysfunction often complicates a patient's condition. The followning is a non-exhaustive list of symptoms/diagnoses for which OMT may be beneficial:


Migraines/headaches                            Carpal Tunnel Syndrome          

Neck Pain                                                    Tennis Elbow/Golfer's Elbow

Shoulder Pain                                           TMJ

Knee Pain                                                   Muscle Spasms                                       

Low Back Pain                                           Scoliosis

Generalized Back Pain                          Asthma/COPD

Hip Pain                                                       Torticollis                                     

Extremity Pain                                         Plagiocephaly

Plantar Fasciitis                                       Cerebral Palsy  

Otitis Media                                                 Acute Sprains and Strains


Pain Associated with pregnancy/postpartum, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, dermatomyositis


A doctor's decision to use OMT is made on a visit-by-visit basis, depending on the condition of the patient and the S/D identified.  The number of visits required is different for each patient.


There are two common misconceptions about OMT. 


The first is that something is "out of place" and second, that "an adjustment" is given to realign it.  It is not that something is out of place, instead it is restricted within its normal range of motion. 


OMT is not an adjustment, rather it is the removal of restriction which enables normal range of motion.


By combining OMT with all available medical care, physicians can offer their patients a form of comprehensive health care. 










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