Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT is hands-on care. It involves using the physicians hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Directly affects muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia, stimulating circulation of blood, lymphatic fluid or cerebrospinal fluid using a variety of techniques including cranial osteopathy, myofascial release, facilitated positional release, counterstrain, muscle energy, trigger point needling, visceral manipulation, stretching and lymphatic drainage.


Who Can Benefit From OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:

• breathing issues associated with asthma
• sinus disorders and headaches
• carpal or tarsal tunnel syndrome
• migraines
• menstrual pain
• back, neck or joint pain
• athletic injuries
• hypertension
• gastrointestinal complaints like abdominal pain due to constipation
• pregnancy. In addition to helping the body adjust to pregnancy, the use of OMT can also lead to a smoother delivery.


When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care. Since there are no adverse side effects OMT is recommended as a primary treatment modality. If it is not effective, then more invasive approach may be pursued.


Each treatment is tailored specifically to each individual. Each person is treated as a unique individual, not as a disease entity, encouraging your body to heal itself. By combining all other appropriate medical options with OMT, DOs offer their patients comprehensive care.


Offering Osteopathic Manual Therapy for the entire family, babies through seniors, pregnancy, postpartum, accommodating for common chronic conditions as well as preventive care. Iris Savernik has a special affinity for dancers, performing artists and athletes.

Practitioners: Shawn Marie Higgins, DO