UnityPoint Health - Methodist

Discover the Healing Power of Hands-on Care

A new approach to medical care with a very long history

Central Illinoisans are seeing — and feeling — the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT. A doctor of osteopathy (DO) uses his hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness and injury.

What exactly is osteopathic manipulative treatment? 

Dr. Micah Boehr uses his hands to move muscles and joints in ways that may incorporate stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. OMT is a component of his holistic approach to treating "the whole person" — nerves, muscles, bones and joints.

Is OMT used instead of other treatments?

No, this hands-on approach is adjunctive (added on) to other treatments, such as medication, chiropractic or physical therapy, and can often enhance their effectiveness.

Is this a new way to practice medicine?

While it is currently gaining greater attention, osteopathic medicine began more than 140 years ago, and doctors have been using their hands to treat patients for thousands of years.

Who can benefit from hands-on therapy?

People of all ages benefit from OMT, most commonly for issues related to problems with
tension and muscle function. A few examples:

  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Upper and lower back pain
  • Muscle strains and injuries
  • Pain from arthritis or degenerative discs

Can OMT prevent injuries or reduce the risk of pain?

Dr. Boehr teaches people how to spot and deal with a medical concern early, before it becomes a problem. For example, he uses OMT to help people avoid conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

To learn more about Dr. Boehr, view his online provider profile.