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Eagle’s syndrome, elongated styloid process and new evidence for pre-manipulative precautions for potential cervical arterial dysfunction

Safety with upper cervical interventions is a frequently discussed and updated concern for physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. IFOMPT developed the framework for safety assessment of the cervical spine, and this topic has been discussed in-depth with past masterclasses characterizing carotid artery dissection and cervical arterial dysfunction. Our masterclass will expand on this information with […]


What do UK osteopaths view as the safest lifting posture, and how are these views influenced by their back beliefs?

Lower back pain is a leading cause of disability and a common condition seen by osteopaths. Evidence and advice for the safest lifting posture vary, as do healthcare practitioners’ attitudes and beliefs towards back pain. The aim of this study was to understand osteopaths’ beliefs about safe lifting postures in relation to their attitudes towards back […]


Investigation of reaction force magnitude and orientation during supine thoracic thrust manipulation applied to intervertebral and costovertebral regions

Spinal manipulative techniques are commonly used in manual therapies but quantified descriptive and reliability data are lacking considering supine thoracic thrust manipulation. The purpose of this study is to explore and compare kinetic parameters during supine thoracic thrust manipulation performed at two different thoracic regions. Intra-rater task repeatability and influence of practitioners were estimated … […]


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 […]


Endocannabinoids release after Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. A brief review

Since 70’s, scientific research has analyzed how many acute and chronic issues can affect body systems. In case of depression, chronic pain and overtraining, centrals and peripherals systems act to manage and maintain body adaptations. The aim of this study is to evaluate if the osteopathic treatment can increase the release of Cannabinoid receptor (CB) […]


The effectiveness and safety of conservative interventions for positional plagiocephaly and congenital muscular torticollis: a synthesis of systematic reviews and guidance

The aim of this study was to investigate for congenital muscular torticollis (CMT) and positional plagiocephaly (PP) the effectiveness and safety of manual therapy, repositioning and helmet therapy (PP only) using a systematic review of systematic reviews and national guidelines … MORE


Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Postural Control in Parkinsonian Patients With Pisa Syndrome: A Pilot Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

Pisa syndrome (PS) is a clinical condition frequently associated with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It is characterized by a trunk lateral flexion higher than 10 degrees and reversible when lying. One pathophysiological hypothesis is the altered verticality perception, due to a somatosensory impairment. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) manages fascial-system alterations, linked to somatic dysfunctions. Fascial system […]


Self-management behaviour and knowledge of patients with musculoskeletal complaints attending an Australian osteopathy clinic: A consecutive sampling design

Musculoskeletal complaints present a substantial disease burden worldwide and account for nearly 8% of the total disease burden in Australia. Like other chronic diseases, self-management plays a significant role in the overall management plan for musculoskeletal complaints. The objective of this study was to evaluate the self-management behaviours of patients seeking care for a primary […]