Osteopathic manipulation is a form of manual therapy that osteopathic medical clinicians use to diagnose, evaluate, and treat their patients’ neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for neck pain focuses on freeing up the range of motion in the spine with an aim to improve body mechanics.
The development of OMT was directly influenced by 19th century experiments conducted by early osteopathic physicians Andrew Taylor Still , MD, DO; and George Hackney, DO. Still is credited with founding osteopathy as an independent school of medicine in the United States. Osteopathic manipulative treatment has been used to treat a variety of health conditions in both adults and children.
There is some evidence that OMT may be beneficial for treating neck pain . A systematic review of randomised controlled trials published in the journal osteoarthritis and cartilage found that OMT was more effective than placebo for improving pain and disability in people with neck pain. The review also found that OMT was as effective as other treatments, such as physical therapy and chiropractic care, for reducing pain and disability.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment is generally considered safe and does not lead to adverse effects when performed by a skilled clinician using proper technique. Osteopathic physicians will perform a physical examination of the patient to determine if OMT will be beneficial or if another form of therapy (e.g., applied kinesiology, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic treatment) would be more appropriate.
The risk of developing complications as a result of osteopathic manipulative treatment is very low and is believed to be no greater than the risk of those that occur with other manual therapies. However, there have been reports of serious complications , including death, associated with OMT. It is important that patients discuss any health concerns they have with their osteopathic physician before receiving treatment.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a safe and effective form of manual therapy that may be beneficial for treating neck pain. Contact our team at Deep 6 Osteopathy near Cheltenham today!