Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

The following are some salient quotes regarding Osteopathy from "The Old Doctor" A.T. Still:

To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.


An osteopath is taught to trust nature to the end.


I love God because I cannot find any contradictions when I examine his works.


Osteopaths are the champions of natural law.


Our science is young but the laws that govern life are as old as the hours of all ages.

OMT is the practical application of the art and science of osteopathy. As practiced in this setting, it is designed to first identify barriers to optimal health and to then engage those barriers in such a way that the body will accept the intervention thereby minimizing adverse effects of treatment and maximizing treatment success for short-term and long-term balance and optimal function. 

OMT has been well studied and validated in scientific literature. In addition to helping maintain natural health and wellness, it has been demonstrated safe and effective in a wide range of settings and situations including:

 


 

Maternal and Infant Care
  • ​Supporting the changing structures in the mother's body as pregnancy advances

  • Addressing common body complaints in pregnancy including back and pelvic pain

  • Poor infant feeding due to latching problems

  • Misshapen heads

Growth and Development
  • Supporting the normal growth of the human body and addressing challenges common to growth

  • Back and joint pain

  • Recurrent Ear infections

  • Headaches 

Common Illnesses
  • By helping to restore optimal function and support the system as it works to return to health

  • Headaches- Migraine, Tension, etc

  • Respiratory Infections- Sinusitis, Cold/Flu, Bronchitis, Pneumonia

  • Gastrointestinal Problems- Reflux, Diarrhea, Constipation

  • Others

Musculoskeletal Problems
  • By finding and addressing restrictions in normal motion, thereby promoting return to normal function

  • Spinal pain- neck, upper back, lower back, sacral pain

  • Joint pain- knee, elbow, hand, foot, ankle pain

  • Others

OMT is a complementary health approach and utilized as an adjunct (not a replacement) to established medical care

References
  1. Noll DR, Degenhardt BF, Johnson JC. Multicenter Osteopathic Pneumonia Study in the Elderly: Subgroup Analysis on Hospital Length of Stay, Ventilator-Dependent Respiratory Failure Rate, and In-hospital Mortality Rate. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(9):574–587. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.117.
  2. Licciardone JC, Brimhall AK, King LN. Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2005;6:43. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-6-43.
  3. Helge Franke, Jan-David Franke, Sebastian Belz, Gary Fryer,Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back and pelvic girdle pain during and after pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis,Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies,Volume 21, Issue 4,2017,Pages 752-762,ISSN 1360-8592, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.014.
  4. Sylvie Lessard, Isabelle Gagnon, Nathalie Trottier,Exploring the impact of osteopathic treatment on cranial asymmetries associated with nonsynostotic plagiocephaly in infants,Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice,Volume 17, Issue 4,2011,Pages 193-198,ISSN 1744-3881,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.02.001.
  5. Steele KM, Carreiro JE, Viola JH, Conte JA, Ridpath LC. Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Middle Ear Effusion Following Acute Otitis Media in Young Children: A Pilot Study. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2014;114(6):436–447. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.094.
  6. Francesco Cerritelli, Liana Ginevri, Gabriella Messi, Emanuele Caprari, Marcello Di Vincenzo, Cinzia Renzetti, Vincenzo Cozzolino, Gina Barlafante, Nicoletta Foschi, Leandro Provinciali,Clinical effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in chronic migraine: 3-Armed randomized controlled trial,Complementary Therapies in Medicine,
    Volume 23, Issue 2,2015,Pages 149-156,ISSN 0965-2299,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2015.01.011.
  7. NIH, National Center for Complementary and Intrgrative Health. Complementary, Alternative,or Integrative Health: What's In A Name?. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health.