Am I a Good Candidate for Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy?

Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) are licensed and trained in all areas of medicine (like an MD), but they have specialized training in the musculoskeletal system. One of the key differences between an MD and DO is that a doctor of osteopathic medicine can provide manual manipulative medicine. 

Osteopathic medicine treatments are both safe and effective. About 8.5% of current doctors are osteopathic doctors, but this branch of medicine is growing so fast that nearly 26% of medical students in the United States are studying becoming osteopathic physicians. 

But is osteopathic medicine — and osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) — right for you?

As family medicine physicians, our team at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates encourages you to explore the benefits of OMT for you and your family. We use OMT to diagnose, treat, and even prevent a variety of conditions. 

If you’re curious about what OMT can do for you, keep reading.

OMT 101

Before we look at what OMT can do for you, let’s first discuss what OMT is. Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a set of specific hands-on treatments or maneuvers. There isn’t just one movement; there are dozens. 

Examples of these hands-on treatments include:

Depending on your specific health needs and symptoms, we recommend the appropriate treatment to help you reach your goals.

Are you a good candidate for OMT?

OMT can benefit people of all ages, including children. OMT is considered safe and effective for babies as well as expectant mothers.

You might be a good candidate if you:

OMT can also treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Is OMT the same thing as chiropractic adjustments?

Chiropractic adjustments and OMT are similar. Both therapies are very hands-on, but there are differences. 

Chiropractic manual adjustments often target your bones and joints, especially primarily the joints of your spine. OMT can involve more stretching and soft tissue manipulation than chiropractic adjustments. 

OMT is just one aspect of osteopathic medicine. Unlike a DO, a chiropractor can’t prescribe medication or perform surgery. 

Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates is a family practice, and we’re ready to serve you in whatever way you need — whether it’s through physical exams, well-woman care, vaccines, or OMT.

If you’d like to experience OMT for yourself, call our Seminole, Florida, office or use our online tool to request an appointment today.

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