Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is a comprehensive approach to health care
in which osteopathic physicians (DOs) apply osteopathic philosophy, structural diagnosis
and use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in the diagnosis and management
As part of their osteopathic medical school studies, DOs receive extra training in
manipulating the musculoskeletal system—your body's interconnected system of nerves,
muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body mass. This training in osteopathic
manipulative medicine (OMM) provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding
of how an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another.
The art and science of OMM pertain to the assessment of the impact of the malfunctioning
neuromusculoskeletal systems on health and disease, and designing appropriate interventions
which often include some form of OMT. There are approximately 15 major types of OMT
and more than 1,000 individual techniques.
OMM is incorporated into the training of all osteopathic physicians. With OMM, DOs
use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage your body's natural
tendency toward good health. By combining all other medical procedures with OMM, DOs
offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.