Osteopathic manipulation (OMT) is a whole system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body. Manipulation means the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force. DOs believe structural problems in the spinal column can affect the nerves that radiate out to the various organs, thus causing disease.
Some DOs still use OMT to treat all forms of disease. However, the majority of DOs use manipulation to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as:
Low back pain
Repetitive stress injuries