What Is OMT?
treatment, or OMT, is hands-on,
whole body care that involves
using the hands to diagnose,
treat, and prevent illness or
injury. OMT is
used along with the
treatment you receive from your
primary care provider.
Using OMT, an osteopathic
physician (D.O.) will move the
muscles and joints using
techniques including stretching,
gentle pressure and resistance.
OMT is an effective and low-cost
form of treatment, and can
decrease the need for
medications and surgery.
OMT can help treat a
number of health
Neck, back and shoulder
Headaches and migraines
Sprains and strains
Sports or accident
Problems related to
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Who Can Benefit From OMT?
People of all ages and
workers, and the elderly
have all experienced
pain relief and improved
mobility from OMT.
deep relaxation and
well-being. OMT also
helps to maintain health
and prevent disease or
order for the body to maintain health,
it must have normal nerve function and
be able to circulate all of its fluids
(ex. blood, lymph, digestive fluids,
cerebral spinal fluids, etc). These
fluids carry hormones, enzymes,
nutrition, and oxygen required to
regulate the body and sustain health.
Any blockage of the fluids or nerves
results in pain or disease. These
blockages may be structural or
Structural (physical) blocks may be in
the bones, tissues or organs.
Osteopathic manipulation uses gentle
hands-on techniques to remove physical
blocks—this restores normal structure
and function, which promotes innate
healing and pain relief.
Non-structural impediments may include
emotional patterns or memories that
create physical stress on the body which
result in pain or disease. These are
often responses to stressful incidents
of the past or present, or are of a