Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), sometimes called Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM), is a healing modality that could be described as a hybrid of chiropractory and massage. This skill represents a primary difference in the training between a DO, who is trained in OMM, and an MD, who is not. Dr Valeska Wells has received advanced training in OMT, and has had tremendous success with it in her practice.
This excerpt from the American Osteopathic Association describes OMT and its uses very well…
“Nearly every day, medical science unveils new discoveries from brain scans to anti-cancer drugs. In the midst of these wonders, it's easy to forget that sometimes what patients really need is a healing touch. Osteopathic physicians haven't forgotten.
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 will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
Who Can Benefit From OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:
- sinus disorders
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- menstrual pain
When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care.”