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

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26 July 2022

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

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, and the osteopathic principles of a mind-body-spirit-based treatment are being instilled in many new Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) students. However, despite their proven therapeutic value, there are still many individuals, both in and outside the medical profession, who are unaware (or misinformed) of the therapeutic uses and potential benefits of OMT. Here, we provide a brief introduction to this osteopathic therapeutic approach, focusing on the hands-on techniques that are regularly implemented in the clinical setting … MORE

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

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26 July 2022

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

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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26 July 2022

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

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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19 July 2022

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

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 … MORE

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

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19 July 2022

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

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 are either focused on single pain conditions or developed from other health professional contexts. The Osteopaths’ Therapeutic Approaches Questionnaire (Osteo-TAQ) is a novel tool developed from qualitative research and aims to measure and describe multiple dimensions of osteopaths’ therapeutic approach to patient care. The aim of this study was to further develop the Osteo-TAQ to assess the content validity of the tool … ABSTRACT

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

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26 June 2022

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

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 perception and behaviour and foster or inhibit the development of effective therapeutic relationships … ABSTRACT

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

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26 June 2022

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

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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26 June 2022

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

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 some attempt made at symptom quantification but with no numeric data on outcomes … ABSTRACT
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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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26 June 2022

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

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 executing a new complex motor task and whether those observations are consistent over multiple executions … ABSTRACT
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Does the inter-osseous membrane fascial dysfunction exist ? An observational study comparing palpation to ultrasound measurements

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4 June 2022

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

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 (FD). We measured IOM physical characteristics, such as elasticity and thickness, with ultrasound (US) and then compared it with osteopaths’ FD assessment … ABSTRACT

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