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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: A Brief Review of the Hands-On Treatment Approaches and Their Therapeutic Uses

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Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is an emerging practice in the healthcare field with increasing popularity and evidence-based therapy. Osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT) include hands-on manipulations of different body structures to increase systemic homeostasis and total patient well-being. Indeed, this new realm of the whole patient-based approach is being taught in osteopathic schools around the country, […]

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The utilisation and attitudes to patient reported outcome measures by Australian osteopaths: A cross sectional study

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Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) provide information on patients’ views of their symptoms, functional status, health related quality of life and are an important part of evidence-informed practice and patient-centred care. The utilisation of and attitudes to PROMs by Australian osteopaths is unknown … ABSTRACT

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Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine for Atopic Dermatitis – a Three-armed Randomized Controlled Explorative Clinical Trial

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Atopic dermatitis (AD) patients frequently use acupuncture (ACU) and osteopathic medicine (OM), although their therapeutic benefits are unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of ACU and OM in AD patients … MORE

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Investigating the safety and feasibility of osteopathic medicine in the pediatric oncology outpatient setting

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Pediatric patients receiving chemotherapy experience unwanted therapy-induced side effects, commonly constipation and pain that diminish quality of life. To date, few studies have investigated the safety and feasibility of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in pediatric oncology. The primary objective of this study is to investigate the safety and feasibility of OMT in pediatric oncology outpatient clinics […]

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The Osteopaths’ Therapeutic Approaches Questionnaire (Osteo-TAQ) – A content validity study

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Osteopathy requires reliable and valid research tools to generate evidence on the different aspects of practice including how practitioners approach the clinical care of patients. Such research will help the osteopathy profession understand its contribution to healthcare provision and communicate this to stakeholders. However, current quantitative tools to measure the different aspects of osteopathic practice […]

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Reconceptualizing the therapeutic alliance in osteopathic practice: Integrating insights from phenomenology, psychology and enactive inference

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This review presents key concepts from neurophysiology, phenomenology, psychology, and narrative medicine which underpin a developing enactive-ecological framework for osteopathic practice. This framework aims to provides a coherent theoretical basis for understanding healthcare processes and outcomes, based on the neuroscience principles of active inference and enactivism. It offers insights into factors that influence patients’ pain […]

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Professional identity in osteopathy: A scoping review of peer-reviewed primary osteopathic research

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This review aimed to explore peer-reviewed primary osteopathic research for evidence to advance understanding of osteopathic professional identity and its development … MORE

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A long COVID patient and their experience of osteopathic care: A case report

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Long COVID is an emerging syndrome that is poorly understood in terms of aetiology, symptom picture, treatment and prognosis. This case report contributes a twelve-month history of a female patient’s experience of Long COVID and her motivation for, experience of and response to osteopathic care. The decision to write a case report was made retrospectively, with […]

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Exploring lumbo-pelvic functional behaviour patterns during osteopathic motion tests: A biomechanical (en)active inference approach to movement analysis

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Observing how individuals actively adapt to their environment may provide additional insights into traditional clinical tests. Rather than using tests that only identify joint mobility limitations, it seems relevant to use clinical motion tests that assess global biomechanical functions more generally and identify functional behaviours. This study explores whether different functional kinematic behaviour patterns appear when […]

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Does the inter-osseous membrane fascial dysfunction exist ? An observational study comparing palpation to ultrasound measurements

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There is a lack of evidence to support a correspondence between osteopathic palpation and anatomical findings. The concept of dysfunction could be defined using more accurate words when describing palpatory findings if they could be explained by objective measurements. The forearm Interosseous Membrane (IOM) is a fascia often evaluated by osteopaths, searching for Fascial Dysfunction […]

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