In medicine, “manipulation” is defined as the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. OMM, also called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), is a form of manipulation that:
Is the generic term used to refer to many different manipulation techniques
Can be used to treat structural and functional issues in the bones, joints, tissues, and muscles of the body
Uses the relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal system and the rest of the body to restore functionality and/or remove barriers to motion and healing
Achieves and maintains patient health as part of a whole system of evaluation and treatment
Who Uses OMM?
Only osteopathic practitioners are trained and licensed to provide OMM
OMM is a required and foundational element of osteopathic school curricula. Comprehensive OMM training occurs throughout an osteopathic student’s curriculum, as well as during clinical training
What are Some Benefits of OMM?
As one of many tools that OP can utilize to care for patients, OMM:
Can be used to treat a wide variety of common ailments, including headaches, arthritis, stress injuries, sports injuries, and pain in areas such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, and knees
Provides a non-invasive and medication free treatment option for patients
Can be performed in many different environments
Training enhances a practitioner’s overall diagnostic skills
Can be administered safely in combination with other medical treatments to improve outcomes