Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
What is Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT)?
Within the field of physical therapy; several specialties are based on manual manipulative techniques. Only one of these specialties, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT), is a certified therapy recognized by the American Medical Association. OMPT is a post-graduate certificate program for physical therapists designed to develop specialized manual therapy skills. OMPT training involves a minimum of two years of postgraduate education and over 2000 hours of clinical residency training and theory. Simply put, OMPT is a specialized “hands-on” treatment provided by a physical therapist. OMPT takes a different approach to patient problems from that of traditional PT. OMPT treatment utilizes a specialized approach to mobilize joints that are restricted and to improve control over joints where excessive mobility is present. Treatment may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.
We are able to treat the current symptoms associated with the diagnosis but also address biomechanical deficiencies at play to help further avoid injury with future activity because we spend time properly diagnosing the dysfunction a patient presents with. High-level manual therapy seamlessly integrated with appropriate therapeutic exercise training is the focus at HealthQuest Physical Therapy.
Research shows that patients that have had failed success with traditional physical therapy often have better outcomes with OMPT treatment.
Our goal at HealthQuest Physical Therapy is to provide an advanced integrated approach to minimize or eliminate your pain, restore mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance as well as maximize function for activities of daily living, work, and recreation. If your PT has gotten the OMPT advanced training or not, rest assured that we will go the extra mile for you.