Philadelphia Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Philadelphia OMM

Our office staff and physicians are a group of caring people who are committed to carrying on the long-standing tradition of helping people improve their health and overcome problems by means of diagnosis and treatment with osteopathic manipulative medicine.

We are proud to say that we are an osteopathic family, with years of working together to provide care for our patients. Our physician staff includes six attending physicians, as well as a resident physician, who all teach in the PCOM Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, as well as caring for patients in our department office.

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a specific type of hands-on medical diagnosis and treatment utilized by osteopathic physicians (DO), using our hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is a comprehensive approach that was first developed in 1874 and has been further explored and developed since that time. The first osteopathic medical school was founded in 1892. PCOM was started in 1899.

Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment is inherently holistic, addressing the integrated musculoskeletal system, nervous system, fluids, and fascia of the body. That is one reason why the specialty of our department is also called Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. OMM can be used as solo therapy or in conjunction with other approaches, including surgery and prescription medicines.

Purpose of OMT and Conditions Treated

OMT includes many different techniques ranging from very light touch, specific stretching, mobilizing joints with a very specifically directed impulse, to ligamentous and even cranial techniques. Some of the types of OMT that we often use include: counterstrain, balanced ligamentous tension, muscle energy, high-velocity low-amplitude, cranial osteopathic manipulative medicine, ligamentous articular strain, and Fulford percussor, as well as others.

The main purpose of OMT is to restore the body's natural balance to promote health and healing. All osteopathic physicians are taught these diagnostic and therapeutic palpatory skills and may use them in their practice, although not all choose to do so. The physicians in our office all specialize in using and teaching the osteopathic medical approach, teaching osteopathic medical students, interns, residents, and physicians in practice.

The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) practice at PCOM consists of physicians who specialize in OMT and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Many common complaints such as low back pain, neck pain, headache, shoulder problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and knee problems may be helped with this treatment. It may also be helpful in patients with other medical problems affecting the gastrointestinal, cardiac, pulmonary, and other systems as an adjunct to routine medical treatment.

We treat people of all ages, infant through elderly, and everyone in between.

Our Location

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4190 City Avenue, Medical Office Building, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6425
Fax: 215-871-6490

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