Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a specific type of hands-on medical diagnosis and treatment utilized by osteopathic physicians (DO), using our hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is a comprehensive approach that was first developed in 1874 and has been further explored and developed since that time.
OMT includes many different techniques ranging from very light touch, specific stretching, mobilizing joints with a very specifically directed impulse, to ligamentous and even cranial techniques.
Some of the types of OMT that we often use include: counterstrain, balanced ligamentous tension, muscle energy, high-velocity low-amplitude, cranial osteopathic manipulative medicine, ligamentous articular strain, and Fulford percussor, as well as others.
The main purpose of OMT is to restore the body’s natural balance to promote health and healing.