Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a hands-on, "whole person" treatment approach to medicine and healing used by Osteopathic physicians who have extensive training in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment.
OMM uses gentle touch and a hands-on approach to healing that is most often applied for musculoskeletal concerns. The goal is to improve the ease of motion, remove restrictions, restore circulation and nerve flow, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
In addition to musculoskeletal pain and conditions, OMM may also have an impact on many other diagnoses by improving motion and internal functioning of the body by working with its structures. An assortment of gentle approaches may be used, each specific to the patient. Commonly treated conditions include pain of the neck, back and joints, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, tension headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, and radiculopathy. An initial course of treatment usually occurs every 1 to 3 weeks.
OMM is comprised of four tenets: