WHAT IS OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT?
While osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is often thought of as "new-age," these techniques were originated over a century ago and have been practiced, improved upon, and optimized for the men, women, teens, and children of today. At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center in Southlake, TX and serving the surrounding areas of Midland and Odessa, Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray offer diverse OMT techniques for people of all ages and needs. These techniques can be incorporated into any kind of specialized treatment plan to enhance your overall health, reduce pain, address certain illnesses, and make life enjoyable again.
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What Are the Benefits of OMT?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a wide-ranging therapy that can help almost anyone, including infants, children, athletes, expecting mothers, and many more. While this hands-on treatment may be new to you, it is a time-tested method for treating myriad conditions. Benefits of osteopathic manipulative therapy performed at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center may include:
- Treating many conditions
- Specialized treatment plans
- A variety of hands-on treatment techniques can be employed
- OMT takes a whole-body perspective into account
- A safe treatment option when more conventional medicine may be too risky for some
CANDIDATES FOR OMT
The wonderful thing about osteopathic manipulative treatment is that it's gentle and effective enough for nearly everyone, regardless of age and physical condition. This is because each treatment plan is carefully designed by your osteopathic physician and optimized to target your concerns. Some conditions and areas of the body that can be improved with a customized OMT session include:
- General pain in the back, neck, arms, legs, hips, pelvis, and jaw
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Asthma and chronic lung disease
- Sinus problems
- Swelling in the fingers and toes
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Feeding difficulties in newborns
- Plagiocephaly (misshapen head in newborns)
- Ear infections
- Muscle tightness
HOW DOES OMT WORK?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment involves the use of the hands and advanced manual techniques to diagnose and address different areas of the body, relieving pain and improving overall wellness. OMT techniques vary, depending on the patient's unique issue and situation. Certain approaches can be applied to help men, women, and children at every stage of life. Some difficulties and circumstances that can be improved with OMT therapy consist of:
- Pregnancy- and postpartum-related pain
- Early childhood illnesses or discomfort
- Helping babies with latching issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Kids and teens who are active in the performing arts (such as music, dance, and more)
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment FAQ
Is osteopathic manipulative treatment painful?
OMT should not be painful. While specific techniques may cause brief discomfort, these moments are typically followed by a reduction in pain and increased range of motion.
How is OMT different from chiropractic treatment?
Both chiropractors and osteopathic practitioners use their hands to treat patients, but the philosophies and approaches differ. Osteopathy considers the body as a whole and aims to correct problems affecting your overall health, while chiropractic care mainly focuses on the spine and nervous system.
What is the difference between OMT and physical therapy (PT)?
OMT and PT can be used for pain management and improving mobility. However, OMT is typically performed by a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who focuses on the manipulation of muscles, joints, and the spine. PT is administered by a physical therapist, focusing on improving the patient's physical abilities through exercises and rehabilitation.
MANUAL MEDICINE CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
When you suffer from chronic pain or other conditions that cause intense discomfort, it can bring your life to a major halt. However, thanks to tried-and-true manual medicine with a contemporary twist, our team at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center is able to get to the root cause of your issue and reduce (or even eliminate) your pain and address a range of disorders. Osteopathic manipulative treatment can be a key component in any program for people of all ages seeking total wellness and overall body harmony. To learn more about this effective and revolutionary approach to care, get in touch with our office in Southlake, Midland, and Odessa, TX and schedule your consultation with Dr. Barker or Dr. Gray.
Support for Oral Appliances and Orthotics
There are many dental related conditions that OMT can of great value which is why Dr. Barker collaborates with several local dentists.Read
Origins of Osteopathy
Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) encompasses hands on medicine that osteopathic physicians use to treat patients.Read