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Obstructed defecation syndrome associated with paradoxical puborectalis contraction: osteopathic treatment versus anal biofeedback. Results of a pilot study

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Biofeedback is the most widespread rehabilitative therapy for the treatment of anismus after failed conservative treatment. Osteopathy represents an alternative therapy for constipation. The aim of this study was to evaluate short- and long-term results of osteopathic treatment as compared to biofeedback in patients with dyssynergic defecation … ABSTRACT

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The use of 3D printing for osteopathic medical education of rib disorders

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With the advent of increasingly accessible three-dimensional (3D) printing, the possibility to efficiently design and generate prototype innovations is also increasing. This type of manufacturing can potentially enhance medical education by allowing design of models specific to osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). The objectives of this study was to determine the viability of a 3D-printed mechanically […]

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Opposing Vaccine Hesitancy During the Covid-19 Pandemic – A Critical Commentary and United Statement of an International Osteopathic Research Community

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The covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented impact on the social, mental and physical health of the global population. It is only now, more than a year since the beginning of the pandemic, that through remarkable medical and scientific innovation there are several safe and effective vaccines for covid-19, and more are being developed. […]

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The global summit on the efficacy and effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy for the prevention and treatment of non-musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review of the literature

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A small proportion of chiropractors, osteopaths, and other manual medicine providers use spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) to manage non-musculoskeletal disorders. However, the efficacy and effectiveness of these interventions to prevent or treat non-musculoskeletal disorders remain controversial. We convened a Global Summit of international scientists to conduct a systematic review of the literature to determine the efficacy […]

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Osteopathic manipulative treatment in a general pediatric setting: An account of reflective practice

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Herein is a description of the experience of the author, who is an MD, who was trained in performing osteopathic manipulation after practicing general allopathic pediatric medicine for 8 years. In the ensuing 28 years, her experience using it liberally for a wide variety of conditions convinced her that early use of OMT in children […]

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Supportive care and osteopathic medicine in pediatric oncology: perspectives of current oncology clinicians, caregivers, and patients

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Many children receiving chemotherapy struggle with therapy-induced side effects. To date, there has been no literature investigating the needs, knowledge, or implementation of osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT) as a supportive care option in pediatric oncology. We hypothesized that pediatric oncology clinicians, caregivers, and patients have (a) limited knowledge of OMT and (b) dissatisfaction with current […]

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Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) use among osteopathic physicians in the United States

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Updated data on the use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments (OMT) by osteopathic physicians in the United States is overdue. This data would provide an up-to-date point of reference for evaluating the current use of OMT as a distinguishing feature of the osteopathic profession. The objective of this survey was to determine the prevalence of OMT use, […]

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A blame game and sticky labels: A qualitative study of osteopaths’ experiences of managing patients with pain catastrophising

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There is growing interest in how catastrophising negatively impacts patient outcomes, but little research on how osteopaths perceive and manage catastrophising within the realities of clinical practice. The aim of this study, therefore, was to explore osteopaths’ understanding and attitudes towards the construct of catastrophising in patients and the strategies they employ to manage it […]

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Effects of spinal manipulative therapy on inflammatory mediators in patients with non-specific low back pain: a non-randomized controlled clinical trial

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The inflammatory profiles of patients with acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain (LBP) patients are distinct. Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) has been shown to modulate the production of nociceptive chemokines differently in these patient cohorts. The present study further investigates the effect(s) of SMT on other inflammatory mediators in the same LBP patient cohorts […]

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Osteopathic Manual Treatment for Pain Severity, Functional Improvement, and Return to Work in Patients With Chronic Pain

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Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is associated with disability, poor quality of life (QOL), and failure to return to work (RTW). Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) or osteopathic manual therapy (OMTh) are increasingly offered to patients with CNCP; however, the existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the literature that explore the effectiveness of OMTh have major limitations. The […]

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