The Osteopathic manual medicine approach centers on the evaluation and treatment of the “somatic unit,” the combination of bones, ligaments, tendons, joint capsule, nerves and lymphatic tissue associated with each movable joint in the body. The hands-on therapeutic techniques properly applied lead to the rapid restoration of pain free optimal function.
Osteopathic manual medicine is a hands-on method of treating injuries and pain of the spine and extremities. First developed in the late 19th century, OMM effectively, gently and safely improves the functioning and range of motion of the spine and extremities. A range of techniques are employed that are suitable for all age groups and levels of infirmity.
Although there are many similarities between Osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) and the better-known chiropractic medicine the two schools are distinct and separate. Both Osteopathic manual medicine and Chiropractic frequently employ the familiar direct action thrust mobilization with impulse which causes the pops or “cracks” as a safe and powerful tool.
The practice of OMM also incorporates several non-force techniques that chiropractic commonly does not, such as muscle energy technique, functional indirect technique, strain counter strain and craniosacral therapy. These additional techniques make OMM gentler, safer, and more useful in a wider variety of situations and cross section of patients.