Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMT) is the highest level of manual treatment in the world. Manual treatment, such as simple massage, has been around for at least four thousand years. In the late 19th century, osteopathic manipulative medicine (then called simply osteopathy) emerged as a complete reform of modern medicine. Some medicines prescribed by doctors in that era were toxic, including arsenic and radium. Because of this, osteopathic doctors learned to manually adjust the body to heal. The rich science of anatomy and physiology empowering OMM elevates its effects beyond other manual techniques by targeting true root-causes and offering relief that lasts.
Our doctors’ training begins in medical school with a deep study of anatomy and essential lessons in evaluating the human body by hand. While every DO receives some training in this regard, our doctors have completed a three-year intensive residency in the most advanced methods of manual diagnosis and treatment.
Once our doctors completed their training, they underwent some of the most rigorous medical testing in the nation.
1. A series of written board examinations which tested their knowledge of medicine of all forms.
These are the same tests your family doctor and surgeon took!
2. A focused, written examination of their knowledge related to the neuromusculoskeletal system.
It is really three systems in one!
3. A series of practical examinations testing manual diagnosis and treatment techniques judged by a panel of nationally-recognized, board-certified physician specialists.
Sitting down to take a test can be stressful. Imagine demonstrating perfect technique in front of the people who literally wrote the book on the subject!
4. An oral examination in which difficult clinical cases must be critically analyzed and solved before the same panel of experts.
Ours is one of only two specialties that grill their doctors with an oral exam!