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Osteopathic Manipulation

What is it?


Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) is a system of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians to alleviate pain and correct structural changes in the body. It is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.


OMT is often used to treat muscle pain, but is also helpful in easing asthma, migraines, sinus disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, depression, menstrual pain and more.


Because OMT improves blood flow and opens energy pathways through the body, it also helps nourish tendons and ligaments, relieves stress, and aids in detoxification.


How does it work?


A healthy musculoskeletal system requires two things: normal nerve function and fluids that circulate freely. Your body's fluid systems include blood, lymph, cerebrospinal and digestive. These fluids are what carry oxygen, nutrition, enzymes and hormones to all the cells of your body. Any kind of blockage of the nerves or fluids will result in pain and disease over time.


Structural blockages include damage to bones, tissues and organs. Non-structural blockages include emotional or mental stress. Either one can impair the musculoskeletal system and cause pain, loss of motion and illness.

How is OMT performed?


During your first visit, the doctor will obtain your complete medical history. This will include questions about diet, lifestyle and emotional status. The osteopath will also want to know your current symptoms as well as any past accidents, falls or traumas, even if they seem unrelated. This is because the doctor wants to treat any underlying cause that may be affecting your health.


A visual assessment is then performed. The doctor will observe your posture, balance and body structure. Finally, gentle palpitation will determine your range of motion and any joint restriction or pain. For this reason you should dress (or bring with you) comfortable, loose fitting clothing.


At this point, you will be advised of a treatment plan that is designed to restore balance to your body. You can read more about individual treatment services on Our Services page. Or Contact Us to get started on your own healing treatment as soon as possible.