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Effects of osteopathic manipulative treatment on children with plagiocephaly in the context of current pediatric practice: a retrospective chart review study

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Deformational plagiocephaly (DP) is on the rise in pediatric patients. The current standard of care recommended for management is repositioning with possible addition of cranial orthoses. However, strong data are lacking to support these recommendations. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is another treatment option for DP that is also lacking evidential support. This retrospective chart review […]

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The inter- and intra-rater reliability of the manual diaphragm assessment scale in healthy participants

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The main aim of this study was to test the inter and intra-rater reliability of the Manual Diaphragm Assessment (MED) scale and compared with chest expansion (CE) in healthy participants … ABSTRACT

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The Revisions of the First Autobiography of AT Still, the Founder of Osteopathy, as a Step towards Integration in the American Healthcare System: A Comparative and Historiographic Review

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Osteopathy was originally introduced in rural America in 1874 as a comprehensive therapeutic approach aimed at promoting health. This approach was distinct and often conflicting with conventional/allopathic therapeutic methods available at that time to fight disease. We argue that, in struggling to achieve recognition within the American healthcare system and within the educational academic field […]

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Osteopathy Referrals to and from General Practitioners: Secondary Analysis of Practitioner Characteristics from an Australian Practice-Based Research Network

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Australian osteopaths engage in multidisciplinary care and referrals with other health professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), for musculoskeletal care. This secondary analysis compared characteristics of Australian osteopaths who refer to, and receive referrals from, GPs with osteopaths who do not refer. The analysis was undertaken to identify pertinent characteristics that could contribute to greater engagement […]

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Does Osteopathic Heart-Focused Palpation Modify Heart Rate Variability in Stressed Participants with Musculoskeletal Pain? A Randomised Controlled Pilot Study

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Heart rate variability (HRV) describes fluctuations in time intervals between heartbeatsand reflects autonomic activity. HRV is reduced in stressed patients with musculoskeletal pain andimproved after osteopathic manipulative treatment and mind–body interventions. Heart-focused palpation (HFP) combines manual and mind–body approaches to facilitate relaxation. This randomised controlled pilot study investigated the feasibility and sample size for a […]

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Usual light touch osteopathic treatment versus simple light touch without intent in the reduction of infantile colic crying time: A randomised controlled trial

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Many parents seek osteopathic care for their infants with colic. This study’s aim was to test the effectiveness of usual light touch osteopathic treatment on crying time for infants with ‘colic’ … ABSTRACT

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Osteopathic management of non-specific neck pain: Preliminary findings from a cross sectional study of Australian osteopath

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Neck pain is a highly prevalent condition that leads to considerable pain and disability. There is an economic cost to neck pain at both a personal and broader health system level. Neck pain may be classified as ‘non-specific’ neck pain (NSNP) when there is an absence of identifiable underlying disease or abnormal anatomical structure. Osteopaths […]

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Interrater agreement and reliability of a palpation method for locating C1 transverse process in the cervical spine

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The objectives of this study is to examine the agreement and interrater reliability of a palpation method for locating the C1 transverse processes (C1TP) and the association between personal characteristics with the observed agreement … ABSTRACT

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Profession-based manual therapy nomenclature: exploring history, limitations, and opportunities

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The International Consortium on Manual Therapies (ICMT) is a grassroots interprofessional association open to any formally trained practitioner of manual therapy (MT) and basic scientists promoting research related to the practice of MT. Currently, MT research is impeded by professions’ lack of communication with other MT professions, biases, and vernacular. Current ICMT goals are to […]

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Neurophysiology, Neuro-Immune Interactions, and Mechanobiology in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field: An Evidence-Informed Perspective for a Scientific Rationale

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Osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF) is a distinctive approach within osteopathy, focusing on the cranial region’s manual manipulation. Nevertheless, OCF fosters doubt in the scientific community because it refers to out-of-date models. This perspective paper critically analyzes the current knowledge in the fields of neurophysiology and mechanobiology to propose an evidence-informed rationale for OCF […]

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