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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Bring Balance Back to Your Body

Man and woman preparing to go for run after osteopathic manipulative treatment

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a method that involves moving the body in specific ways to relieve chronic pain and stimulate healing. With it, Dr. Derek Murphy can often solve longstanding problems simply by guiding the joints and limbs in ways that restore their natural balance and harmony. It’s been shown to successfully treat a wide array of conditions and offers a non-invasive approach that doesn’t involve surgery or medication. Dr. Murphy has already used it to help countless patients feel like themselves again, and he’s ready to do the same for you. Contact us today to get started with osteopathic manipulative treatment in Orlando, FL.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

  • Gentle, Science-Backed Method for Relieving Chronic Pain
  • Provided by Certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Able to Help with Back, Neck, Hip, & Head Pain

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

Physician performing osteopathic manipulative treatment

If you were to watch Dr. Murphy use OMT on a patient, it would likely look very familiar to you. Visually, it often resembles a physical therapist or trainer helping someone stretch. This hands-on treatment involves Dr. Murphy gently manipulating parts of the patient’s body to guide the muscles and tissues in a way that increases blood flow and encourages healing. This involves applying a number of techniques that relax the muscles, release restricted joints, and use slight pressure and resistance to take the strain off of overworked or injured tissues.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Pain Relief

Man in need of osteopathic manipulative treatment for neck pain

OMT can be used to relieve many types of chronic pain, but it is especially effective for people dealing with an injury that stems from chronic misuse of the joints and muscles (like back and neck pain that comes from someone having poor posture). It can also help those with an acute injury, whether due to sports or an accident. Chronic headaches and orofacial pain related to the TMJ (the temporomandibular joint, or main jaw joint) can be directly addressed with OMT as well. This approach also allows Dr. Murphy to help patients discover areas of tension they may not have noticed before, allowing them to change their behavior to avoid a more serious condition down the line.

Osteopathic Physicians vs. Chiropractors

Osteopathic physician pointing to spinal cord model

What most people do not know is that the founder of chiropractic medicine Daniel Palmer studied under the founder of Osteopathic Medicine Andrew Still before creating what we now know as chiropractic medicine. These two professions share the same root which is why the body manipulations look very similar, but are very different at the same time. Although there are very good chiropractors who have helped patients recover from pain and other issues, most of them do not have the medical training to diagnose and treat certain disorders. Medical physicians like MDs and DOs spend years of training in clinics and hospitals learning how to diagnose and treat diseases.