Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

UNTHSC Health Pavilion 
855 Montgomery St. 6th Floor
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician (D.O.) will treat your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

The Mission of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) department at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is to create solutions for a healthier community by optimizing the practice of OMM and provide leadership in teaching, research, and clinical practice to make OMM recognized and practiced as evidence-based medicine.

OMT can help infants, children and adults

It can:

  • Ease pain
  • Promote healing
  • Increase mobility
  • Pneumonia
  • Post-concussion syndrome/traumatic brain injury
  • Asthma/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux and gastrointestinal complaints
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Colic
  • Ear infections
  • Pre/Post-partum care

How is OMT prescribed?

A physician’s decision to use OMT is made on a visit-by-visit basis depending on the condition of the patient at the time of each visit. This leads to a significantly lower number of visits than other health care providers who use manipulation.

What is the difference between OMT and other forms of manipulation?

OMT, used to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, uses a variety of methods designed to affect muscles, joints and soft tissues. These methods may include thrusting techniques, but also include gentler techniques to affect the body. OMT also optimizes blood circulation

to maintain and restore health while other forms of manipulation tend to focus more on spinal misalignment interfering with nerve transmission.

How is OMT performed?

Your structural exam will begin with an assessment of your posture, spine and balance. Your physician will then use his/her hands to palpate your back and extremities. He/She will then check your joints for restriction and/or pain with various motions. Based on the exam findings and complexity or severity of your problem, a unique treatment strategy is developed for you.

Using a variety of techniques, your physician will apply OMT to your body’s affected areas to treat structural abnormalities. Depending on your problem and response to OMT, you may require more than one treatment. The end result is restoration of the body as a whole to maintain better overall health. A thorough knowledge of all systems of the body and comprehensive training give the osteopathic approach make it a safe and effective form of manipulative therapy.

Does managed care cover OMT?

OMT is an added treatment tool that is covered by many health insurances.

Does OMT Work?

OMT has a growing evidence base demonstrating its safety and efficacy for treating a variety of clinical conditions, including low back pain, pneumonia, asthma, post-surgical pain, and back pain in pregnancy. Patients who receive OMT are also more likely to use less pain medication, get better faster, and be more satisfied with their care.

How to visit the UNT Health OMT Clinic:

  • Follow up with your primary care or family physician as you normally would with any injury.
  • Discuss with your physician if he or she thinks being treated at the OMT Clinic is the best course of treatment for you.
  • Check with your physician and/or your insurance carrier to see if your doctor needs to make a referral for you to be seen.
  • If your physician decides you could benefit from being seen at the clinic, call (817) 735-2235 to schedule an appointment.

This page was last modified on January 7, 2019