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Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
General Considerations
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can be useful as either an adjunctive or primary approach to most conditions. For example, Dr. Kavieff has treated patients with pain from metastatic cancers, and by addressing mechanical dysfunctions with gentle techniques, their pain and quality of life have improved. OMT generally works within 4-6 visits; that is when obvious changes occur. Full recovery may require more treatment.

 

Infants

During the last trimester of pregnancy intrauterine positioning can result in pressure being applied to various structures, especially the skull. Couple this with the forces involved in delivery, and newborn conditions such as torticollis (wry neck), shoulder and hip dystocias (birth strains), excessive regurgitation or reflux, feeding problems (poor nipple latch on), colic, constipation, plagiocephaly (head asymmetry) can occur and are often effectively treated with OMT.




Children

The development from toddler to adolescence involves an amazing amount of growth and structural changes as well as opportunities for falls, infections, and sports injuries to affect the child’s health. OMT can be useful for conditions such as gait disturbances, recurrent ear and sinus infections, developmental delays, speech delays or difficulties, sensory integration issues, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, scoliosis, asthma, pneumonia, headaches, abdominal pain, reflux, constipation, and back, neck, or other pains from sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents.




Adults

By the time one is an adult, there is often a long history of injuries that may even go back to childhood or birth. These may lower the wonderful compensatory capacity of the body and a relatively minor movement or injury causes fairly significant symptoms. Healing often requires release of both the recent injury and the older strains. There are two main types of conditions in adults that may be helped by OMT. Primary structural problems such as low back or neck pain, headaches, TMJ (jaw pain), sciatica, rib or chest wall pain, head injury, concussions, tennis or golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, or pelvic pain can be addressed with OMT. Problems that are not structural, but have a structural component such as chronic sinusitis, pneumonia, dizziness, or fibromyalgia may be helped by OMT.