The goal of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is to restore motion and balance to affected areas of the musculoskeletal system. With balance, fluid and healing elements can return to the area and the toxic byproducts of injury can be drained away. To do this, we use a variety of techniques such as medication, physical therapy, injections, and sometimes surgery. OMT's mission is to not only relieve musculoskeletal pain associated with a disease but to also hasten your recovery from illness by promoting blood flow through tissues. The body, in itself, is the ultimate healer!
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.
Your physician may then use a variety of OMT techniques to apply manual forces to your body’s affected areas. The techniques are designed to treat structural abnormalities and relieve joint restrictions and misalignments. *
At New England Sport and Spine we are on the cutting edge of chronic pain relief techniques. Platelet rich plasma, balloon kyphoplasty, and nerve injections (just to name a few!) are making a name for themselves in the pain management world and we are excited to offer these revolutionary procedures at our office. We are equally just as proud to continue the tried and true traditional methods of hands-on, OMT care:
We believe that the pain management and the personalized treatment we offer at New England Sport and Spine is truly the greatest around. But we can't take all the credit: by stimulating your body's own healing power, our treatments are safer, less invasive, and more successful.
*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.