What is Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)?

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by some physicians to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.

Using OMT, a physician moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance to address areas of dysfunction in the body.

What is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine?

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM) is a medical specialty in which physicians demonstrate specialized knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of the neuromusucloskeletal system.

The principal focus of the discipline is patient-centered; specifically, it embodies structural and functional interrelation, body unity, self-healing, and self-maintenance.

Symptoms that specialists in this discipline are trained to diagnose and treat include:


Neck and Back Pain

Shoulder Pain

Hip Pain

Knee Pain

Foot Pain

What is the difference between a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and a doctor of medicine (MD)?

DOs and MDs are both fully licensed physicians able to practice the complete spectrum of medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states. They both spend 4 years in college and 4 years in medical school. After medical school, both spend 1 year in a medical or surgical internship and 2-8 years, depending on specialty, in post-graduate training.

The only difference between DOs and MDs is that DOs have over 500 hours of training in manual medicine. Some DOs, like Dr. Lynch, obtain iven more training in manual medicine by completing a graduate medical residency program in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine..

25% of all current medical students are training to become DOs.

For more information about DOs, please visit the American Osteopathic Association's website.

Who can benefit from OMT?

OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing, and increase overall mobility.

Other than joint and muscle pain, what conditions can be treated with OMT?

The treatment can also help patients with a number of other health problems, such as headaches, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sinus infections. In many cases, the treatment can be used to complement or replace more conventional treatments.

Is OMT covered by insurance?

Yes. OMT is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare, Medicaid, and TriCare.

How is osteopathic manipulation different from chiropractic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation is performed by a fully licensed physician. It is comprehensive in nature and involves the assessment and treatment of all muscles and joints and their relation on the patient’s specific problem. The focus is restoring normal function to all areas of the body.

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