Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques that osteopathic physicians (DOs) use. Their goal is to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using a wide variety of techniques. This includes mobilizations, manipulations, muscle energy techniques but also soft techniques.
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, the body’s intricate system of muscles, nerves and bones. Their advanced training provides DOs a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others.
When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace drugs or surgery. They work hand in hand with General practitioners
Physical Therapy (PT) is one of the allied health professions. PT treat many conditions such as soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, physical impairments. Contrary to the osteopaths, PT usually work on General Practitioners prescription. In other words, if you disclocate your shoulder, your GP will make the diagnosis and prescribes a number of physiotherapy sessions.
Moreover, they may use evidence based devices (electrotherapy, shockwave modality, probes etc.) to treat some special conditions.
To summarize, physiotherapy is used to improve a patient’s physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis and rehabilitation. Patient education is also a major component of pain management.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a branch of traditional medicine that is based on more than 3,500 years of Chinese medical practice. It includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy.
To demonstrate, here is a list of other cares less known:
- gua sha, massage (tui na).
- bonesetter (die-da).
- exercise (qigong).
- dietary therapy.
In basic tenets of TCM, the body’s vital energy (ch’i or qi) is circulating through channels, called meridians. Those meridians have branches connected to bodily organs and functions.