Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
February 9, 2023 ICPR Family Practice
doctor practicing OMT checks a patient's spine

Modern day medicine can involve anything from high tech brain scans to anti-cancer drugs. However, it is easy to overlook that sometimes what patients really need is a healing touch. Osteopathic physicians haven’t forgotten this.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. OMT is based on the belief that all parts of the body are connected and that manipulating the musculoskeletal system helps to make your body function better. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance.

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. However, it can also help patients with several other health problems including:

  • asthma
  • sinus disorders
  • carpel tunnel syndrome – migraines
  • menstrual pain, etc.

When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care.

What should I expect?

Your healthcare provider will go over any necessary information prior to the OMT treatment, but some questions you can expect are about your lifestyle, symptoms you are experiencing, medical history, diet, activity level, and any other health concerns you may have. With this information, your doctor can find the best way to treat you.

When receiving the OMT treatment itself, you can expect to be sitting, standing, or laying down on an exam table while the provider uses different techniques to reduce pain and improve range of motion.

After you have received your OMT treatment, you should stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to flush the body of released substances during the treatment, doing this while also taking a short walk should help your recovery time.

What insurances are accepted for OMT?

OMT is covered by most insurance plans, but check with your insurance provider first.

What providers preform OMT?

Dr. Volkan Sumer, DO and Medical Director of ICPR studied at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, receiving his Doctorate in Medicine and has associations in the American Osteopathic Association and American College of Osteopathic Physicians. Dr. Sumer treats the entire person and the source of the condition, not just the uncomfortable symptoms and offers a positive, encouraging support system in your quest for wellness.


We are located at 3400 Griffin Ave, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

Volkan Sumer, DO