Osteopathic manipulative therapy, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
A patient being treated is usually sitting or lying down on a table, with the doctor gently applying manual pressure in a specific area and/or direction. This technique will promote easing of tissue (relaxation) or help them fulfill 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