What is OMM/OMT?

“OMM” is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. “OMT” is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

DO’s (Doctors of Osteopathy) are trained to use their hands to diagnose and treat “somatic dysfunction,” which is defined as an altered relationship between the body’s interrelated parts (such as bones, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and lymphatics). These techniques are designed to work closely with the body to encourage healing. Sometimes they can improve the efficacy of or completely replace the need for pharmaceuticals.

Answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions are below:

What techniques does Dr. Huntzinger use?

There are a variety of techniques that can be employed depending on what type of somatic dysfunction an individual has. Some examples include:

  • Functional Technique
  • Cranial Technique
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Counterstrain
  • Balanced Ligamentous Tension
  • Myofascial Release
  • Articulatory Technique
  • Still’s Technique
  • Facilitated Positional Release

what kinds of conditions can be helped by omm?

Many common health conditions can be improved and/or resolved by OMM. Here are several examples of conditions that Dr. Huntzinger sees frequently:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sinus issues 
  • Infantile Colic
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Torticollis
  • Reflux
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Asthma
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic pain

how often would I need to come in for treatments?

Dr. Huntzinger uses a highly individualized approach. After taking a history and completing a physical exam, she then will discuss treatment options with you. Most of the time, this treatment approach includes OMM on the first visit; however, occasionally she will recommend other testing or treatment modalities be done first.

Some conditions require regular treatments for best results. Other conditions only require a few treatments. The frequency and duration of treatments will be determined by your unique situation.

More information about DO’s and OMM can be found on the AOA (American Osteopathic Association) website here.

Interested in scheduling an appointment? Please call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Huntzinger at 317-308-7184.