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What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?


“When you have adjusted the physical to its normal demands, nature supplies the remainder.”

Dr Andrew Taylor Still. Founder of Osteopathy


Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a highly specialized type of hands-on treatment. It is performed by a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). It is used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. Typically it involves moving muscles, bones, joints and fascia. It also involves using coordinated muscle contractions, gentle pressure, and stretching.


It also involves balancing the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid) in order to calm down fight or flight responses in the body, mind and spirit. This helps to enhance the immune system, calm the mind, and soothe the soul.


What is a D.O.?


 A D.O. is a Doctor of Osteopathy. D.O.'s and MDs are very similar in their medical training and both are fully licensed physicians who can perform the full spectrum of medicine, to include prescribing medications as well as performing surgeries. The philosophy of osteopathy encompasses a more holistic approach to patient care.

The Philosophy of Osteopathy:


The Four Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine which describes the underlying philosophy of osteopathic medicine.


1.    The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.

2.    The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.

3.    Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.

4.    Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.


(Taken from the American osteopathic Association website:

​Why Would I Need Osteopathic Manipulation?
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues of any kind
  • Newborn issues of any kind
  • Sports/athletic injuries
  • Much more!

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