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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

Posted: Aug 15, 2017 by The Children's Institute

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care that can treat many conditions including chronic pain, migraines and acute injuries. During a session, an Osteopathic physician will use his or her hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury, move muscles and joints, and stretch different areas of the body. The treatments are targeted to your specific needs.

Tess Mervis is the ideal candidate for OMT. The 17-year-old Pittsburgh resident has Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND) and suffers with chronic pain in her neck and back.

“I always had really bad migraines when I was a kid but I really started experiencing the pain and the weakness last August. I had a concussion, and I think that worsened everything,” Tess said. “OMT has been helping. I get really, really stiff in my back and there’s usually nothing I can do about. Dr. Burg really helps my headaches and stiffness.”

“I’ve been practicing OMT for 12 years now. OMT is a very safe and effective treatment option for many conditions,” Dr. Burg said. “For my patients, I have used it to successfully treat migraines, back pain, neck pain, rib pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and stiffness. Also, I often use OMT as an adjunct therapy along side of other treatments to provide patients with a multifaceted treatment plan, which they often need. “

Osteopathic medicine, founded in the late 1800s, provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription medications, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

It also offers hands-on diagnosis and treatment through OMT and emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

An important principle of Osteopathic Medicine is the body’s ability to heal itself, AACOM said. Many of the techniques and practices reduce or eliminate road-blocks to proper structure and function, so the self-healing mechanism can assume its role in restoring a person to health.

Want to learn more about OMT or schedule an appointment with Dr. Burg? Call 412-420-2463 today!

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