Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy
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 that inhibit healthy function. It is effective in treating muscle pain, joint injuries, and fascia dysfunction. 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.
With the patient sitting or lying down on a table, the doctor of osteopathic medicine will gently apply a precise amount of manual pressure in a specific direction. The pressure is applied either directly in the affected areas or at some distance away. It is used to put the tissues at ease (relaxed) or to engage them at their functional limit in order to effect the following:
Treat structural and tissue abnormalities (vertebrae, muscles, myofascial structures, etc.)
Relieve joint restriction and misalignment
Restore muscle and tissue balance
Promote the movement of bodily fluids
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. Structural blockages are treated through:
Muscle energy techniques
Below is a brief video presented by a member of the American Osteopathic Association to help further demonstrate the process of OMT.