What is Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy?

Category: Procedures


Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is an approach to manual therapy, a form of therapy that uses physical contact, used to improve the impaired or altered function of the musculo-skeletal system.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Neck pain 11 9
Muscle and joint pain 9 10
Fibromyalgia 7 7
Back pain 4 1
Pain in shoulder(s) 2 1
Anal itching (anusitis) 1 1

Show all 17 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently having Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Dosage Patients
3 hr monthly 1
as needed 1
every 8 weeks 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 6
Not specified 3
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2 patient evaluations for Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Oct 15, 2011 (Started Sep 13, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: I highly recommend this as an alternative to chiropractic care. That said, I may return to chiropractic care because it was recommended to me by an intuitive healer. The results were short-term.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2008 (Started Oct 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Depending on what treatment is for, have neck/back x-rays done to make sure that no additional damage is done during course of treatment. A good OMT doctor will want x-rays before starting treatment for various complaints

  • 0 helpful marks
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