New Study Discusses Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

Have you engaged in using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for low back pain?  OMT uses stretching, light pressure, and resistance to move muscles in the back.  According to a new study that was recently published in the Annals of Family Medicine and U.S. News and World Report, the therapy may be more effective than ultrasound techniques in treating low back pain.

Not only does the study show that the treatment is more effective, but it also allowed a reduction of pain medication.  From the article:

According to the study, OMT was not only more effective than ultrasound for treating low back pain, but its use also allowed participants to cut down on the amount of medication they took to treat their lower back pain throughout the 12-week study. Nearly two-thirds of the individuals who received OMT had a 30 percent reduction in their pain level, and half of those patients had a 50 percent reduction in their pain level, the study showed. 

OMT therapy is usually administered by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or a D.O.   Of course, there are other methods besides OMT and ultrasound for reducing low back pain.  The best way to figure out your course of treatment is by discussing it with your doctor.

To read the entire article on the OMT study on U.S. News and World Report‘s website, click here.