In medicine, “manipulation” is defined as the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. OMM, also called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), is a form of manipulation that is the generic term used to refer to many different manipulation techniques. These can be used to treat structural and functional issues in the bones, joints, tissues, and muscles of the body • Uses the relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal system and the rest of the body to restore functionality and/or remove barriers to motion and healing • Achieves and maintains patient health as part of a whole system of evaluation and treatment.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) in the cranial field has received widespread and vigorous critical attention compared with other fields of osteopathic medicine. It originated in the 1930s by observations of William G. Sutherland, DO, who claimed that the individual bones of the skull reflect mobility. Cranial OMM is primarily concerned with the study of the anatomic and physiologic mechanisms in the cranium and their interrelationship with the body as a whole, including a system of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities with application to prevent and treat disease. Cranial OMM is applied by osteopathic physicians or foreign-trained osteopaths and is used to treat somatic dysfunction of the head and other body parts.
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