What Happens in an Osteopathic Treatment?
Initially a patient history is taken along with conduction of a physical examination. This may include physical, mental and emotional assessment to determine their impact on health. A series of gentle techniques are then used to restore mobility, circulation and adaptability:
- Realignment of joints
- Visceral (organ) mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Craniosacral therapy
- Strain counterstrain
- Muscle energy
These may feel like stretching, gentle pressure, or light resistance.
The number and frequency of sessions needed depend on initial assessment findings, the issue being treated and response to treatment, Exercise or other activities may also be recommended.
Benefits of OMT
OMT can help provide relief for patients of all ages (newborns to seniors) experiencing a wide range of acute and chronic conditions:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Back and Neck Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sinus or Ear Infections
- Sports Injuries
- Injuries from car accidents
- Digestive, respiratory or menstrual problems
- Pre and Post Natal care
- Jaw pain
In many cases OMT can be used to complement or replace medications and surgery.
Setting Us Apart from Chiropractic and Physical Therapy
OMT is set apart from chiropractic and physical therapy techniques in many ways:
- OMT is performed by or under the direction of DOs who are fully licensed physicians. DOs undergo the same medical education as MDs with the addition of 4 years of manual technique training
- DOs understand the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit and are trained to treat the whole person
- OMT can treat a wide range of conditions and can be part of a comprehensive medical plan
OMT: Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
Andrew T. Still M.D., D.O. founded the philosophy of osteopathic medicine or osteopathy with an emphasis on patient care in the late 1800s. OMT was grounded in the belief that the body could self heal and was developed as an alternative to medical or surgical treatment. Osteopathy continues to be a patient centered, holistic approach to health care that focuses on the relationship between structure of the body and the way it functions.
Osteopathic practitioners (DOs) support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs. These hands on techniques are called osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT.
OMT is performed by Jennifer Malcolm, DO and Benjamin Johnson, PA-C at McKinley Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. Using OMT, we can effectively treat your muscles and joints to relieve pain, promote healing and increase mobility.