What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?


Osteopathy was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still was dissatisfied with the medical treatment of his day, and wanted to promote health and wellness while treating the root cause of disease. His philosophy focuses on the body as one whole unit. He found that the musculoskeletal system was key to maintaining health.

Today, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine practice in every field of medicine. They focus on the whole person and preventative measures a patient can take to maintain health. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a hands on approach to see how a patient’s nerves, muscles, bones, and fascia are interconnected. OMT helps patients achieve health.

OMT can be used to treat a whole host of conditions including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint pains or restrictions, headaches, muscle tightness, concussions, vertigo, lymphedema, pregnancy related pain. Different techniques are used depending on problem/patient factors, including myofascial release, muscle energy, Stills, facilitated position release, balanced ligamentous tension, counterstrain, high velocity low amplitude.

I am not using OMT to treat cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue. Although OMT can be extremely beneficial to patients with musculoskeletal disorders, it does not eliminate the need for surgery in some conditions.