What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy and Who Can Benefit?

Roughly 57% of doctors of osteopathy are trained in primary care specialties. A doctor who practices osteopathic medicine, also known as a DO, receives medical training that includes four years of medical school, three (or more) years of residency, and special hands-on training in both osteopathic diagnosis and manipulative treatment.

As a DO, Dr. Bridget Bellingar offers osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) at her practice, Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates in North Seminole, Florida. OMT can be used to diagnose, treat, and even reduce the chance of illness and injury.

If you’re new to OMT, you might have questions about what it is and how it can benefit you. We’ve created this quick guide to get you up to speed on the benefits of OMT.

Understanding osteopathic manipulative therapy

Because osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person and not just your symptoms, a DO looks at how one part of your body can affect the function of another part of your body. Health is perceived as all of your body systems — including your muscles, bones, and nerves — working together in harmony. 

OMT doesn’t refer to just one treatment or therapy. Instead, OMT is a whole system designed to restore the normal function of your body, and this is achieved through manipulation. Manipulation refers to the therapeutic force, or pressure, applied to a specific body part. 

Pressure can come in many forms including:

Pressure doesn’t have to be harsh. For example, during osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine, gentle pressure is applied to help reduce stress in your body.

What is the goal of OMT?

According to the American Osteopathic Association, OMT can:


OMT is a set of hands-on techniques. Depending on what your health goals are, Dr. Bellingar will suggest specific techniques to help you achieve those goals based on your needs.

How OMT can benefit you

OMT can benefit a wide range of individuals from infants to seniors. OMT is often used to help reduce muscle pain or lower back pain, but it’s not limited to treating chronic pain. In fact, if you have any of the following conditions, talk to us about OMT: 

It’s amazing how many people can benefit from OMT. It’s even safe for infants and pregnant women.

Here at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates, we support the health of you as a whole person. From well-woman care to physical exams to the healing touch of OMT, we guide you on your path to wellness. 

To learn more about OMT, call our Seminole, Florida, office or use our online tool to request an appointment. During this unusual time, our practice is still open to serve you. We are accepting both in-person and telehealth appointments.

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