Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Evia Medical Center

Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture located in Smithtown, NY

At Evia Medical Center in Smithtown, New York, our medical team incorporates osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) into customized treatment plans. The practice welcomes NYSHIP/Empire Plan insurance for its medical and osteopathic services. Please call Evia Medical Center to schedule a consultation with osteopathic physician Lawrence Salob, DO, FACOFP, for your OMM treatment.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

What is osteopathic manipulative medicine?


Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is a hands-on technique that relieves musculoskeletal pain and encourages mobility. 


Instead of simply trying to prevent discomfort, osteopathic manipulative medicine tries to identify the underlying cause. Then, it uses a combination of stretching, massage, and activity modification to help you feel better.


What conditions can osteopathic manipulative medicine treat?


At Evia Medical Center, Dr. Salob uses osteopathic manipulative medicine to treat various conditions, including:


  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Personal injuries
  • Sinus infections
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

You might also benefit from osteopathic manipulative medicine if you have poor posture due to pregnancy, driving, or work. 

What happens during an osteopathic manipulative medicine visit?


At Evia Medical Center, Dr. Salob performs osteopathic manipulative medicine during an in-office appointment.


First, Dr. Salob reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, if it extends to other parts of your body, and if certain activities, like work or exercise, make it worse. 


Next, Dr. Salob has you lie down on an exam table. He assesses the health of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints using a technique called palpation. After pinpointing the source of your discomfort, Dr. Salob develops a custom treatment plan.


Often, that includes a series of in-office visits for soft-tissue manipulation combined with at-home stretches and strengthening exercises. 

What are the benefits of osteopathic manipulative medicine?


Osteopathic manipulative medicine provides various advantages, especially when combined with other treatments, like acupuncture and massage. By enrolling in osteopathic manipulative medicine at Evia Medical Center, it’s possible to decrease the severity, duration, and frequency of your symptoms. 


Outside of acute injuries, Dr. Salob uses osteopathic manipulative medicine to treat conditions that cause chronic pain. After treatment, you may even be able to reduce the number of pain medications you take. 

Is osteopathic manipulative medicine safe?


Osteopathic manipulative medicine is safe and usually well-tolerated. Still, with any type of hands-on therapy, there are potential risks. For example, it’s normal to experience mild stiffness or soreness for a day or two after your visit. If your symptoms last any longer, contact Dr. Salob right away.


To see if you’re a candidate for osteopathic manipulative medicine, make an appointment at Evia Medical Center by calling the office or booking online today.