Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is hands-on care.  It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.  When appropriate, OMT can complement, or in some cases even replace drugs or surgery.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

Your clinician might have ordered this treatment to treat conditions, such as shoulder pain, headaches, neck pain, and knee problems to name a few.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

There is no preparation for this procedure.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

Dr. Dave Hogarty or Dr. Suneya Hogarty will perform the treatment.  These clinicians received their initial training in osteopathic medical school but have also spent many 100s of hours of additional training to hone their manual (hands-on) diagnostic and treatment skills.  Dr. Dave Hogarty has had the privilege of using OMT in the treatment of many of our armed forces personnel as they have developed back pain on the font line and in their duties at home.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

You will be asked to remove your clothing and change into a medical gown.  You will lie on a padded exam table either face up or face down.  The clinician will use their hands to gently move your joints and tissues to correct any restriction in your range of motion.  You will feel stretching and pressure on your muscles.  In the treatment of headaches and migraines, the clinician will apply soft pressure to your skull to stimulate healing.  The treatment is painless and will usually require multiple sessions.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily activities. Make sure to drink plenty of water for at least 48 hours after your treatment.