Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy
Osteopathic medicine is a branch of the medical field that focuses on the relationship between the structure of the body (primarily your bones and muscles), how it functions and creates changes across various systems. This largely differs from allopathic medicine which tends to study symptoms, and only what goes wrong with one organ system.
What OMT Can Treat
OMT is remarkable and can treat just about any pain condition. At Meeting Point Health, we commonly treat the following with OMT with great success:
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Migraine and headache
- Sports injuries
- Chronic back pain
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Lyme Arthritis
- Neurological Mold Illness Symptoms
History of Osteopathic Medicine and Why it Matters
Osteopathic Medicine traces back to its founder Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD who was an American physician that served in the Union Medical Corp during the Civil War. He observed that many soldiers suffered from diseases related to poor nutrition, posture, and hygiene and this led him to feel that doctors had a duty to treat the whole body with a more integrative hands-on approach that considers many factors when treating a patient.
What is the difference between a DO and MD?
There is no difference between a DO and an MD, except that DOs are trained to perform Osteopathic Manipulation in addition to all their other medical training. Dr. Matta attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and did his residency in Family Medicine and his fellowship in Sports Medicine. DOs like Dr. Matta who perform osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) use it to diagnose illnesses and injuries in the body.
How to Get Started with OMT at Meeting Point Health
To get started with Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy, you can reach us by scheduling an onboarding appointment with our specialists today. Our medical team, headed by Dr. Matta, will develop a comprehensive treatment plan with OMT and other therapies that will help find and fix the root of your condition.
FAQs about OMT
Osteopathic manipulation therapy stimulates the musculoskeletal system through repetitive manipulation of your limbs and soft tissues. The DO, or doctor of osteopathic medicine, uses more than 40 techniques to work your musculoskeletal system back into proper alignment. The manipulation might feel awkward or strange but they should not cause pain or discomfort.
The techniques used in OMT help address any structural issues and muscular imbalances. They also help with joint mobility, muscle flexibility, as well as improve circulation. Through direct manipulation of your muscles and limbs, a DO will help improve blood flow and nerve health in the targeted areas.
Both OMT and PT are medically supported therapies. Both of these therapies believe that the function of a body’s different systems depends on the underlying structures of that system. Both use movement and physical manipulation as part of their treatments.
However, the biggest difference that sets OMT apart from PT is who is licensed to perform it. OMT can only be performed by DOs, who are fully trained, licensed and practicing physicians. Physical therapists are not medical doctors. Though a physical therapist can obtain a doctorate in PT, they cannot write prescriptions and perform the other duties of a fully licensed medical doctor.
If your goal is to reduce back pain, joint pain, sciatica, and other musculoskeletal pain, then OMT is considered extremely effective. The National Institute of Health found OMT to be effective in treating chronic and acute pain and improving functional ability.
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This varies from patient to patient. Some patients have a more serious injury and need weekly sessions over the course of several months while some may just need a few. A typical treatment course is 3-12 sessions.
There is no downtime with OMT.
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