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Restoring Body Mechanics

OMM research at PCOM

OMM Research at PCOM 
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is used to treat somatic dysfunction—restrictions in the muscles, joints or fascia. By restoring normal body mechanics, doctors aim to encourage self healing and to improve response to other medical interventions.

What is OMM Research?

OMM research is a multidisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the role of manual manipulation in the clinical setting. Researchers investigate the interplay of the musculoskeletal system with the other body systems and document relationships that can be therapeutically employed. This extends beyond simple mechanical outcomes, and is based more broadly on the three areas of osteopathic focus: body, mind, and spirit.

OMM Research at PCOM

PCOM researchers study the application of specific manipulative techniques and treatment of somatic dysfunction in the setting of larger pathophysiology. Our scientist physicians have been able to demonstrate improvement with real-life outcomes in the clinical setting.

Our Faculty Researchers

Donald Allison, DO, and PCOM medical students studied if the OMM technique of rib raising could aid in surgery recovery and outpatient management of lower back pain.

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Allison's "Rib Raising" Technique Research portrait

By examining patient consultation records over a 12 month period, David Fuller, DO, reported to the JAOA that OMM hospital patient consultations are used for a variety of medical and respiratory conditions.

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OMM Hospital Consult Research Published in Journal portrait

In this video, PCOM OMM faculty member Meghna Shah, DO, demonstrates how osteopathic manipulative medicine can help children with a variety of issues and ailments.

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Shah demonstrates how OMM techniques used in pediatric therapy portrait

Research at PCOM

PCOM aims to develop innovative approaches to promoting health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, education and community research projects.