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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), also known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) or Neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM), is a series of gentle movements a physician does with his or her hands to relieve restrictions of normal motion. These movements detect and correct restrictions in the tissues that may be having a negative impact on the patient’s general health, impeding the body’s ability to heal. OMT helps the body heal itself by allowing for improved blood and nerve supply and more effective breathing.

All physicians with a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree are trained to administer OMT. Physicians with specialized training in OMT, as well as rheumatology and orthopedics, receive additional certification in NMM/OMM. Click here to search for a certified NMM/OMM physician.

While OMT is most commonly associated with treatment of aches and pains, it can be very effective in the treatment of a number of different disorders. Here are just some of the problems that OMT can be used to treat:

  • Acute and chronic neck and back pain
  • Asthma
  • Sinus congestion
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual pain
  • Stress and tension-related problems
  • Myofacial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ disorder

OMT can also be used to treat babies who have overriding cranial sutures, feeding difficulties and reflux. Click here to learn about a  newborn OMT clinic at the Metro Health Community Clinic.

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