Osteopathic Manual/Manipulative Therapy (OMT)

Osteopathic Philosophy

Osteopathy respects the relationship of body, mind and spirit and supports the body’s capacity for self-healing. Osteopathic medicine shares many of the same goals as traditional (allopathic) medicine but differs in placing emphasis on the interdependency of structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of all organ systems. Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy aims to improve health across all body systems and treats the whole individual rather than a disease or symptom.

Osteopathic medicine as a profession came into being in the mid-19th century through the revelatory teachings of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO who developed a set of principles that until this day are considered to be the tenets in osteopathic philosophy.

  • Human being a dynamic unit of body, mind and spirit
  • Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are interrelated at all levels
  • Unimpeded flow of body fluids (lymph, blood, and interstitial) is essential to health
  • Given proper support a body is capable of self-healing

An Osteopathic Manipulative Practitioner should not be confused with a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) or a Chiropractor. In other parts of the world, those trained in the field of Osteopathy are referred to simply as “Osteopaths”. However, in order to prevent confusion with the American D.O. practice, those practicing Osteopathy in the U.S. are referred to as Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (or OMPs). OMPs do not prescribe drugs or perform surgeries.

Allopathic Approach
  • the Allopathic approach is symptom-based (ie – if your neck hurts, the treatment will focus on your neck; if your bones are disjointed, a readjustment of the joints solves the problem)
  • Allopathic medical practitioners treat the symptoms with less consideration to the underlying causes of the symptoms
  • When addressing symptoms allopathically, your evaluation and treatment may take 15-minutes or less to complete
Holistic Manual Osteopathy
  • the field of Manual Osteopathy follows a holistic, multi-dimensional approach (if your neck hurts, it could be a result of an imbalance in the pelvis or elsewhere; if your bones are disjointed, it’s because facial restrictions resulting from strain or injury are putting pressure on the bones & joints and those restrictions must be addressed before the problem is solved)
  • OMPs treat fascial restrictions, neural reflexes and other physiological dysfunctions which cause imbalances in the spine, nerves, organs and other bodily systems, seeking to discover and correct the underlying causes of these dysfunctions
  • When treating the body holistically, much more time is needed (I recommend 90-minutes for a thorough treatment)

At Transformations Wellness, each 90-minute Osteopathic Manual/Manipulative Therapy appointment will include a thorough evaluation, including a postural assessment, which allows me to see how your body has responded to past treatments, and where new or residual fascial restrictions may be contributing to your current condition. The treatment may include a number of different techniques and modalities which may include: structural/fascial work, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Reset Therapy/Muscle Energy, Positional Release/Strain-Counterstrain, Class IV Therapeutic Laser, massage, and more. Chosen techniques are determined primarily by observation of the body’s needs and response, as well as client feedback.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

OMT aims to find areas of a somatic (body framework) dysfunction, and restore them back to health with manual manipulation. OMT optimizes the function of every body system. It is regarded as one of the most effective drug-free therapies for back pain, headache and joint problems. Key components of treatment focus include fascial fibers, fluids, and neuroreflexes (the communication pathways between the brain and the body).

Osteopathic techniques lend themselves to the safe and effective treatment and prevention of a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Joint pain (especially back, neck, shoulder, hip, jaw/TMJ)
  • Sciatica
  • Arm pain (brachialgia)
  • Whiplash
  • Pins & needles, numbness
  • “Slipped” or herniated/prolapsed intervertebral discs
  • Degenerative disc disease (Spondylosis)
  • Osteoarthritic (degenerative) joint conditions
  • Repetitive strain injuries (ie carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Postural stress and strains (ie tenosynovitis, computer hump, mouse wrist)
  • Shoulder rotator cuff injuries & frozen shoulder
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow (epicondylitis)
  • Knee pain – cartilage or ligament tears/sprains
  • Shin splints, ankle sprains & achilles tendonitis
  • Foot pain – plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma
  • Capsular, muscular, ligamentous, tendon and cartilage problems in sports injuries
  • Functional leg length discrepancy
  • Chronic fatigue, depression and lowered stamina & motivation
  • Organ dysfunction