Updated: Oct 24
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is a hands-on form of manipulative medicine. For simplification, many folks liken it to chiropractic. Though there are dozens of osteopathic techniques and approaches, most are gentle and rely on using your body's own muscles to help things move back in place.
Without going into a lot of philosophy behind Osteopathy (see previous post,) let us discuss conditions for which patients have had success after treatment with osteopathic manipulation.
Low back pain and sciatica
Frozen shoulder and rotator cuff
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Arthritis and joint pain
Headaches, tension and migraine
Abdominal pain and bowel issues
Ankle puffiness and swelling
Safe in pregnancy for pain and discomfort
Safe and children for common conditions like ear infections
In addition, a lot of patients “just feel off.” You feel a tightness, tug, pull, pinch, catch—to name a few. There is no name for these conditions, no test, no x-rays; these seem to do well when we just listen to your body and use osteopathic manipulation to restore balance and alignment.
Who should not have OMT?
Many conditions prohibit patients from receiving osteopathic manipulation and/or certain types of techniques. These conditions are, but not limited to, bone tumors, bone infection, Osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Down syndrome. There are many more conditions that may be prohibitive in some way, so please consult your physician.
How do I get OMT?
Please call or come by the office if you’re interested. If you become a member, we would love to incorporate these techniques as a core tenet of your primary care; adjustments are included in the membership for no additional fee. If you have a good primary care already and interested in incorporating these techniques as a complementary therapy, please follow the link where you can register for a consultation and three adjustments.