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 Medicine is this philosophy in action, handed down through Osteopathic tradition.
A More Gentle Approach
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is the treatment component of OMM. 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. While Osteopathic Physicians learn the thrusting (HVLA) techniques traditionally ascribed to chiropractors, this is only one tool in the Osteopath’s tool belt. Most Osteopath’s including Dr. Conliffe, prefer to use much more gentle techniques that engage muscle and fascia to provide the “adjustment” needed. The “pop and crack” approach, through powerful, is not always necessary and can be traumatizing to the body, particularly when overused.