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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment


What Is OMT?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on, whole body care that involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. OMT is
used along with the treatment you receive from your primary care provider. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician (D.O.) will move the muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. OMT is an effective and low-cost form of treatment, and can decrease the need for medications and surgery.

OMT can help treat a number of health problems including:

  • Neck, back and shoulder pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Musuloskeletal abnormalities

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Sprains and strains

  • Sports or accident related injuries

  • Problems related to overuse

Mercy Family Medicine of Urbandale
4005 NW Urbandale Drive
Urbandale,  iA
(515) 643-9200

(Same day appointments available for acute back and neck pain care).

Who Can Benefit From OMT?
People of all ages and backgrounds, including children, athletes, workers, and the elderly have all experienced pain relief and improved mobility from OMT.  Osteopathic Manipulation promotes deep relaxation and well-being. OMT also helps to maintain health and prevent disease or injury.

Benefits of OMT include:

  • Relief from pain

  • Helps promote healing

  • Increased mobility

  • Less medications/pain relievers


How does OMT work?

In order for the body to maintain health, it must have normal nerve function and be able to circulate all of its fluids (ex. blood, lymph, digestive fluids, cerebral spinal fluids, etc).   These fluids carry hormones, enzymes, nutrition, and oxygen required to regulate the body and sustain health.  Any blockage of the fluids or nerves results in pain or disease. These blockages may be structural or non-structural.  

Structural (physical) blocks may be in the bones, tissues or organs.   Osteopathic manipulation uses gentle hands-on techniques to remove physical blocks—this restores normal structure and function, which promotes innate healing and pain relief.

Non-structural impediments may include emotional patterns or memories that create physical stress on the body which result in pain or disease.  These are often responses to stressful incidents of the past or present, or are of a repetitive nature.  



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