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“It’s all about the story”. Osteopaths’ experiences of exploring menopausal symptoms: A qualitative interview study

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The prevalence of natural menopause means that middle aged women seeking osteopathic treatment are likely to have symptoms, but it is unknown how osteopaths explore and give advice about it. The aim of this study was to explore osteopaths’ experiences of screening for symptoms of menopause and providing advice to climacteric patients … ABSTRACT

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Enabling health potential: exploring nonlinear and complex results of osteopathic manual medicine through complex systems theory

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Osteopathic medicine is a holistic, patient-specific approach. Explaining the impact of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) has been problematic because many of its effects are nonlinear. Complex systems theory (CST) is explored as a mechanism of understanding the interplay of the body’s anatomy and physiology, an illness process, and the effects of OMM. Tensegrity is discussed […]

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Revisiting chronic low back pain: evidence that it is not non-specific

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There is a common symptom pattern with most chronic low back pain (CLBP), suggesting that there is a common underlying etiology, belying the term “nonspecific.” Many studies of CLBP and its treatment have been conducted with the assumption of nonspecificity, and as a result, treatment has not been focused, thus there has not been a […]

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Historical Osteopathic Principles and Practices in Contemporary Care: An Anthropological Perspective to Foster Evidence-Informed and Culturally Sensitive Patient-Centered Care: A Commentary

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Historical osteopathic principles and practices (OPP)—considering the patient as a dynamic interaction of the body, mind, and spirit and incorporating the body’s self-healing ability into care—are inherited from traditional/complementary and alternative (CAM) principles. Both concepts are familiar to contemporary osteopathic practitioners, but their incorporation into healthcare for evidence-informed, patient-centered care (PCC) remains unclear. Further, a […]

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Newborns’ clinical conditions are correlated with the neonatal assessment manual scorE (NAME)

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Gravity and the Gut: A Hypothesis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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The pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—a disorder of gut-brain interaction that affects up to 10% of the world’s population—remains uncertain. It is puzzling that a disorder so prevalent and archetypal among humans can be explained by disparate theories, respond to treatments with vastly different mechanisms of action, and present with a dazzling array of […]

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Early Osteopathic Thought on Serious Mental Illness and How Osteopathic Medicine Fits Into Psychiatry Today

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Osteopathic medical students spend considerable time learning the history, philosophy, and theories of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and skills of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), all of which are tested on licensing exams. Data from the National Resident Matching Program show that 17.4% of fourth-year osteopathic medical students matched into psychiatry postgraduate year-1 positions in 2021, […]

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Avoiding nocebo and other undesirable effects in chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy: An invitation to reflect

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While the placebo effect is increasingly recognised as a contributor to treatment effects in clinical practice, the nocebo and other undesirable effects are less well explored and likely underestimated. In the chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy professions, some aspects of historical models of care may arguably increase the risk of nocebo effects. In this masterclass article, clinicians, […]

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Inter-rater reliability between osteopaths of differing clinical experience on sagittal plane running gait analysis: A pilot study

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Clinical running analysis is commonly employed in the screening of running related injuries. Currently, there remains little research exploring the use of clinical running analysis within the osteopathic profession. Hence, the aim of this pilot study is to investigate the inter-rater reliability of sagittal plane visual gait observation amongst osteopathic practitioners … ABSTRACT

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Opportunities to Incorporate Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Within Cancer Rehabilitation and the Current State of the Evidence

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Cancer rehabilitation involves addressing the impact of cancer and its treatments upon the function of an individual. The goal of this paper is to determine how osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can be utilized in treating common conditions seen in cancer rehabilitation, such as post-mastectomy pain syndrome and radiation fibrosis, to improve pain and function … […]

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