Why use an OMT qualified Physiotherapist?

1. What is OMT or Orthopaedic Manual Therapy?

Orthopaedic refers to the muscle, joint and nerve systems of the human body and how they are integrated with one another.

Manual refers to the use of treatment techniques performed by a therapist with her hands.

Therapy refers to the treatment for relief of pain, normalisation of mobility and restoration of function. This may be done by manual techniques and rehabilitation exercises.

2. How can you benefit from being treated by an OMT qualified Physiotherapist?

  • A holistic and thorough assessment is done, based on the Calgary-Cambridge model. This model incorporates the latest knowledge of biomechanics and testing procedures.
  • Your OMT Physiotherapist will endeavour, with your assistance, to identify ALL the factors contributing to your specific problem.
  • Your Physiotherapist will carefully explain to you the factors contributing to your problem as well as how they impact on your problem.
  • When you have a better understanding of your problem and what causes it, a treatment plan, with shared goals, can be implemented. The treatment plan will include manual therapy combined with rehabilitation in the form of therapeutic exercises.
  • Understanding the contributing factors assists in the successful implementing of the manual techniques and therapeutic exercises that are vital to bring about the change that is needed.
  • This leads to improved healing time and may prevent recurrence of the same problem.
  • Your OMT Physiotherapist will endeavour to improve your overall wellness and would like to see you participating, as fully as possible, in your life’s role.

3. The typical flow of an appointment with an OMT qualified Physiotherapist will be as follows:

  • An interview based discussion to find out the history and mechanism of your problem.
  • A physical assessment to find out which structures are involved and why they are involved.
  • A treatment plan with timelines is discussed, agreed upon and implemented.

4. More about the OMT Diploma and its governing body
The OMT 1 Diploma is run under the auspices of the Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy Treatment Group  (OMPTG), a special interest group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). The OMPTG is affiliated with IFOMPT (International Federation of Manipulative Physiotherapists).

IFOMPT has the following as its vision:
“World-wide promotion of excellence and unity in clinical and academic standards for manual/musculoskeletal physiotherapists.”
The course runs part-time over the period of a year and candidates have to complete theoretical, practical and clinical exams, as well as a research project, to qualify for a certificate. Successful candidates become Advanced Professional Development Level 2 members of the OMPTG.

The course content is based on the latest research evidence and is updated yearly to ensure that it stays current.