13 August 2020

A new perspective for Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathy: the Variability Model

Osteopathy uses manipulative techniques to support physiological function and adaptation. These conditions are modified by the presence of Somatic Dysfunction (SD), an altered function of the components of the body’s framework system. Despite SD’s widespread use in clinical practice and education, research has previously shown poor results in terms of reliability and validity. In this theoretical article, the authors’ proposal is to argue for a new clinical perspective for SD, which suggests a different palpatory assessment of its clinical signs: the “Variability Model” … ABSTRACT

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