We live in a time of high tech medical treatments and cutting edge innovations and breakthroughs. However, sometimes a patient just needs a healing touch. This is where Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), also known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), comes into play. Dr. Adam Kilkenney, of Metro Health Hudsonville, answers some common questions about this unique form of treatment.

What is OMT?
To put it simply, OMT is hands-on care. An osteopathic physician will use his or her hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury through special techniques that move the muscles and joints by stretching, gentle pressure or resistance. These techniques can help ease pain, promote healing and increase a patient's mobility.

Who performs OMT?
A doctor of osteopathy (DO) can perform OMT. As osteopathic physicians, our philosophy emphasizes an approach that the human body is made up of the mind, body and soul and is a functional whole, rather than focusing on this organ or that system. We believe the body's systems are interconnected and can affect one another, specifically the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems. With this in mind, a DO will use OMT to relieve pain and discomfort and to help the body heal.

During medical school all DOs are trained in performing OMT, however some choose to specialize in its techniques and utilize them in their medical practice.

Would I benefit from OMT?
Patients of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from OMT. While OMT is often used to treat muscle pain, it can also be help with other health problems, including:
- Asthma
- Sinus disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Migraines
- Menstrual pain
There are also cases where OMT can complement and, on occasion, even replace drugs or surgery.

Want to learn more?

Dr. Kilkenney is offering a free seminar. That's happening on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Metro Health Conference Center. That's right next to the hospital in the Metro Health Village in Wyoming. You can get all the details and register online at