OMT is used in conjunction with other treatment modalities (medication, physical therapy, injections, and sometimes surgery) to relieve musculoskeletal pain associated with a disease and/or to hasten your recovery from illness by promoting blood flow through tissues.
Prior to using OMT, your physician will complete a comprehensive medical and structural exam to assess your medical issues and complaints. Your physician will then use his fingers to palpate the affected areas. He will also check your joints for restriction and/or pain during motion as well as check your muscles, tendons and ligaments where tenderness can signal a problem. D.O.s can detect changes in tissue, however small, that signal injury or impairment.
Once the examination is complete, your physician will integrate this information with your medical history and a treatment plan can be established.
*Adapted from brochures distributed by the American Osteopathic Association, "Osteopathic Medicine" and "OMT: Hands-on Care". For more information on osteopathic medicine, contact: American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611. By phone: 1-800-621-1773 or on the web at www.aoa-net.org.