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What are different techniques used in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)?

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Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) includes 40 techniques, including:

  • Soft tissue: You’ll feel stretching and pressure on your muscles.
  • Muscle energy: You move your muscles in a direction while the DO counters that movement. Think push-pull.
  • Myofascial release: Your DO uses firm pressure to release tension in the fascia, the tissue surrounding your bones, muscles, and organs.
  • Osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine: Your DO applies pressure to your skull to stimulate healing.

SOURCES:

Boyd R. Buser, DO, vice president for health affairs and dean, University of Pikeville-Kentucky; president-elect, American Osteopathic Association.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What is Osteopathic Medicine?”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation.”

UW Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin: “Myofascial Release.”

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: “Philadelphia Department of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Jakel, A. , December 2011. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Prinsen, J. February 2014. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,

Williams, N. , July 2003. Family Practice

Hensel, K. , January 2015. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Posadzki. , July 2013. Pediatrics

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic: An Introduction.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Boyd R. Buser, DO, vice president for health affairs and dean, University of Pikeville-Kentucky; president-elect, American Osteopathic Association.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What is Osteopathic Medicine?”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation.”

UW Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin: “Myofascial Release.”

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: “Philadelphia Department of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Jakel, A. , December 2011. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Prinsen, J. February 2014. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,

Williams, N. , July 2003. Family Practice

Hensel, K. , January 2015. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Posadzki. , July 2013. Pediatrics

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic: An Introduction.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 26, 2018

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