A growing body of research continues to show that osteopathic care has real benefits for a variety of patients of all ages and fitness levels. According to the American Osteopathic Association, “Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician can move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.” (1)
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is also sometimes called osteopathic manual medicine (OMM). Although it takes lots of formal training, expertise and practice, manipulative therapy is essentially what some describe as “healing touch.” Those who turn to OMM most often are looking for natural pain relief or improvements in other symptoms which can include: chronic muscular pains, frequent headaches or migraines, loss of functionality, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, or trouble sleeping and breathing normally.