Osteopathic Manual Therapy/Practice is the manual (hands on) therapy component of Osteopathic Medicine.

Osteopathic Manual Therapy/Practice is the manual (hands on) therapy component of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic Medicine began and continues to be taught as one of two physician programs in the US. Most of the rest of the world don’t have Osteopathic Physician programs, but rather people who specialize in doing the hands on portion only.

We use our hands to assess the state and function of the tissue and structures of the body, and do detective work to find root drivers of various symptoms. Our hands on treatment is gentle, and we work to remove barriers to our bodies’ own attempts to optimize our function and health. This includes treating rigidity and torsions in bones, joint work, myofascial work including myofascial release and fascial stretch therapy, visceral (organ) manipulation, freeing tension around or in the lining of arteries and nerves, and cranial and facial work (including the TMJ/jaw joints).


Below, there are various aspects of osteopathic manual therapy. Click Learn More to see more detailed information about a specific aspect.

A lady (Amy) wearing a black short sleeved blouse with pink flowers and a clear vinyl glove on her right hand which is grasping the left jaw bone of a plastic cranium while her other hand is keeping the forehead bones still.

Cranial Work

Cranial work includes working with the tension within the bones of the head and face. It also includes working with the…

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Bone & Joint Work

Working on bones themself is often an important part of restoring the position and movement of the two bones at their…

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Lymphatic & Circulation

The soft matter in our body that we often think of as fluid is an important part of transporting and exchanging…

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Myofascial Release

It is very gentle and includes both being present to the direction that the fascia likes to go and assisting the fascia…

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A lady wearing black who's right side and back is in view is sitting on a therapy table with a female manual (hands on) therapist (Amy) sitting on a stool facing the first lady with Amy's right hand reaching across to touch the lady's left shoulder while Amy presses her other hand against the outside of the lady's right arm.

Nervous System

The nervous system is the system made up of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, the tips of nerves that receive information…

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Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle approach to free tension in the tissues around our organs and their attachments to…

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