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What is osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)?

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If your doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) recommends “osteopathic manipulative treatment, or “OMT,” and you’ve never had it before, you’ll want to know what it is and what it will feel like.

All DOs learn this hands-on technique in medical school. Many use it in the practice along with -- or, in some cases, instead of -- other treatments, such as medication and surgery.

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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