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Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Dr. Mathew Lively can help patients that need pain management at the Mountaineer Orthopedic Clinic. OT may be utilized as a “stand-alone” measure while, in other circumstances, they may be part of comprehensive patient management having the major goal of improving or restoring a patient’s function.

What is OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment)?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.  As a treatment, osteopathic manipulation attempts to improve joint range of motion and balance tissue and muscle mechanics in order to relieve pain.

Who Can Benefit From OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain associated with the following musculoskeletal disorders:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Some types of headaches