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Osteopathic Medicine

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic Medicine or Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) can benefit individuals of all ages and backgrounds. These physicians focus on prevention and healing, rather than just freeing you of symptoms. They aim to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit by a using treatment that best fits you. 

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs)

These physicians have completed additional training in the muscle and skeletal systems and the study of hands-on manual medicine.They take a whole-body approach to medicine, combining diagnosis and treatment with hands-on manipulation of muscles and bones. 

Osteopathic medicine doctor pointing to spine on skeletal system, what is osteopathic medicine

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment? 

OMT, uses hands-on methods performed by physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases or injuries. During treatment, the physician will move your joints and muscles with techniques that include stretching, light pressure and resistance. OMT may compliment, and can sometimes even replace medication or surgery.

Osteopathic Medicine for Well-Being

This type of medicine uses manipulative therapy which takes advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself, can help ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. You may benefit from OMT for conditions like:

  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis

Physicians use different techniques during OMT by manually applying a light amount of pressure to various parts of the body. OMT can help:

  • Reconstruct tissue and muscle balance
  • Treat tissue and structural abnormalities
  • Alleviate joint misalignment and restriction
  • Improve the overall blood flow and movement of the body

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