Osteopathic Research

The past decade has seen a significant increase in research on Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). The body of research on OMT has now reached the point where Osteopathy has become an accepted part of the medical literature.

As with other common medical procedures (such as surgery, pain procedures or interventional cardiology and radiology), OMT study design has different challenges with blinding, sample size, controls, and physician skill, when compared with pharmaceutical research. Osteopathic manipulation must be evaluated in comparison with  research on other procedures in medicine, and it compares favorably in terms of safety, efficacy, and overall study design.

The studies linked below cover the use of OMT for low back pain, the discomforts and complications of pregnancy and surgery, its use and safety with children and other topics. These build on the the work of earlier Osteopathic researchers such as Louisa Burns, Wilbur Cole, Irvin Korr, John Denslow, and Viola Frymann, to name a few.

Visit the Osteopathic Research Center located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center home of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Visit  OSTMED.DR which is a digital library of Osteopathic research from the past 100+ years

Research Articles – organized by topic
(last updated 01.29.20)

Back Pain is one of the most common conditions for which osteopathic treatment is used. These articles study its use in both acute and chronic settings.
(see also Obstetrics/Gynecology)

Pediatrics – children respond very well to osteopathic treatment and will benefit from a treatment without side effects.

Obstetrics/Gynecology – pregnant patients often experience significant pain which can indicate pelvic problems which could lead to longer deliveries or c-sections. Osteopathic manipulation is a non-pharmaceutical intervention that will not harm the fetus.

Cranial Osteopathy (see also Pediatrics)
Further discussion of research into Cranial Osteopathy here

Pulmonology – breathing is dependent on biomechanical factors including diaphragm and rib function, along with lympathic drainage of the lung parenchyma.

Post-Operative Recovery – osteopathy can reduce pain and support recovery, showing its utility in combination with conventional interventions.

Lymphatic Function – these basic science articles look at models for lymphatic function and osteopathic approaches to augment drainage.

Geriatrics (see also Pulmonology) – older patients often benefit from gentler bodywork approaches available to osteopathic physicians.

Neurology and Rehabilitation – Osteopathy shows much promise in TBIs and other areas of neurology.



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