Emphasizing a Whole-Person Approach
Good health is about more than the absence of disease, and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are trained to treat patients as whole people, believing that the best healthcare means treating body, mind and spirit. We don’t just treat patients, we treat people.
What to know about osteopathic manipulative therapy.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is a treatment method for a number of conditions. OMT is a hands-on technique that involves moving and manipulating a person’s muscles and joints to help diagnose, prevent, and treat a wide range of health conditions. DOs also use OMT to diagnose and prevent disease and help your body function better.
Using several OMT techniques, DOs apply gentle pressure to manipulate the muscles, soft tissues and joints. The treatment encourages your body to heal itself by ensuring that your bones and muscles are aligned and balanced properly.
Who Benefits from OMT?
OMT is a treatment option for chronic pain relating to many different causes. People with lower back pain or neck pain are the people most likely to require OMT. However, many people (babies, children, and adults) receive OMT for a wide and varied range of medical conditions.
Pregnant people can also benefit from OMT. A DO can use OMT to help these individuals deal with pelvic and lower back pain, both during and after their pregnancy. OMT can also help infants who have colic.
Additionally, Osteopathy has been shown to reduce sleeplessness and insomnia resulting from chronic pain.
What happens during a visit?
When receiving OMT, a person may stand, sit, or lie on an examination table. The DO will then use various techniques to manipulate the person’s body. The person’s specific symptoms and needs will determine which techniques the DO uses.
Common techniques that the DO may use include:
- Massage: The DO may use different types of massage to relax a person’s muscles.
- Stretching: They may use this approach to ease stiff joints.
- Articulation: This technique involves moving a person’s joints through their natural range of motion.
- High velocity thrusts: The DO might make short, sharp movements of parts of the person’s body. These movements may cause a clicking noise.
The aims of these techniques include:
- reducing pain
- improving the range of movement
- encouraging blood flow
Some of the techniques that OMT involves are similar to those that a chiropractor, physical therapist, or massage therapist may use. However, DOs are able to
What does OMT treat?
Osteopathic manipulative therapy treats conditions that affect every system in the body, including the musculoskeletal system, digestive system, nervous system and immune system. By realigning the body and restoring balance to bones and muscles, OMT allows your entire body to work better as a whole. OMT can treat many conditions, including:
- Breathing issues like asthma and sinus infections.
- Bowel issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation.
- Chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, menstrual pain and migraines.
- Musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain, joint pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Problems associated with pregnancy, such as swelling (edema), insomnia and sciatica.
- Sports injuries and repetitive stress injuries.
By helping restore your structural imbalance, OMT improves nerve and blood circulation to the bodily organ involved – which can help improve health of that organ.
Meet Our Osteopathic Providers
Ragina strongly believes in a patient-centered approach to care that recognizes that health is multi-faceted. Her special medical interests include use of point-of-care ultrasound, geriatrics, and teaching residents.
I believe that one of the most important factors in medicine is being willing to listen. Many times answers to my questions come automatically if I just sit and let my patients talk.
My goal with each patient is to: help them understand the why’s of whatever disease that they are experiencing, offer an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment and support them in making informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.