Immediate alteration of the lumbar intervertebral foramen during the so-called osteopathic locking technique: A preliminary analysis on healthy subjects

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18 January 2022

Immediate alteration of the lumbar intervertebral foramen during the so-called osteopathic locking technique: A preliminary analysis on healthy subjects

Degenerative processes in the lumbar spine can lead to a decrease of the disc height and an alteration of the foramen with potential compression of the nerve root. Several osteopathic manipulative techniques are designed to improve the intervertebral joints and the foraminal area. The objective of this study was intended to explore the effect of so-called osteopathic manipulative locking technique (OMLT) on the lumbar foramen … ABSTRACT

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Preventing progression from chronic to widespread pain and its impact on health-related quality of life: a historical cohort study of osteopathic medical care

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5 January 2022

Preventing progression from chronic to widespread pain and its impact on health-related quality of life: a historical cohort study of osteopathic medical care

This study aimed to determine if osteopathic medical care lowers the risk of progression from localized chronic low back pain to widespread pain and lessens the impact of pain on health-related quality of life … MORE

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Osteopathic structure/function models renovation for a person-centered approach: a narrative review and integrative hypothesis

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5 January 2022

Osteopathic structure/function models renovation for a person-centered approach: a narrative review and integrative hypothesis

The construct of the osteopathic structure-function models is reported as a cornerstone of clinical reasoning and treatment processes. Nevertheless, there are no shared procedures described for their use in clinical practice. The present narrative review aims to analyze a more comprehensive perspective on the phenomenon… ABSTRACT

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Reliability and validity of manual palpation for the assessment of patients with low back pain: a systematic and critical review

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9 December 2021

Reliability and validity of manual palpation for the assessment of patients with low back pain: a systematic and critical review

Static or motion manual palpation of the low back is commonly used to assess pain location and reproduction in low back pain (LBP) patients. The purpose of this study is to review the reliability and validity of manual palpation used for the assessment of LBP in adults … MORE

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The importance of selecting the correct site to apply spinal manipulation when treating spinal pain: Myth or reality? A systematic review

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9 December 2021

The importance of selecting the correct site to apply spinal manipulation when treating spinal pain: Myth or reality? A systematic review

The concept that spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) outcomes are optimized when the treatment is aimed at a clinically relevant joint is commonly assumed and central to teaching and clinical use (candidate sites). This systematic review investigated whether clinical effects are superior when this is the case compared to SMT applied elsewhere (non-candidate sites) … MORE

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Effects of osteopathic approach in infants with deformational plagiocephaly: an outcome research study

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4 December 2021

Effects of osteopathic approach in infants with deformational plagiocephaly: an outcome research study

The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of the osteopathic approach in infants with deformational plagiocephaly at 12-month follow up and to evaluate parental satisfaction and safety of the treatments … ABSTRACT

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Do manual therapies have a specific autonomic effect? An overview of systematic reviews

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4 December 2021

Do manual therapies have a specific autonomic effect? An overview of systematic reviews

The impact of manual therapy interventions on the autonomic nervous system have been largely assessed, but with heterogeneous findings regarding the direction of these effects. We conducted an overview of systematic reviews to describe if there is a specific autonomic effect elicited by manual therapy interventions, its relation with the type of technique used and the body region where the intervention was applied … MORE

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Results of a feasibility randomised controlled trial of osteopathy on neck-shoulder pain in computer users

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27 November 2021

Results of a feasibility randomised controlled trial of osteopathy on neck-shoulder pain in computer users

Computer use is a well-known source of chronic pain, leading to absenteeism and reduced productivity and well-being. This study evaluated the feasibility of conducting a full-scale randomised controlled trial. Several methodological variables defined trial feasibility … ABSTRACT

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Fast improvements in functional status after osteopathic manipulative treatment based on myofascial release in patients with moderate or severe fibromyalgia: a retrospective study

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27 November 2021

Fast improvements in functional status after osteopathic manipulative treatment based on myofascial release in patients with moderate or severe fibromyalgia: a retrospective study

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by a large variety of symptoms. Evidence suggests that an alteration of central nervous system processing of pain could be involved. The purpose of this study is to analyze clinical records of patients affected by FM who underwent osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), predominantly based on a myofascial release approach (MFR) … ABSTRACT

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An osteopathic approach to carpal tunnel syndrome

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27 November 2021

An osteopathic approach to carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common cause of medical and workforce-related expenses in the United States. It is also frustrating for patients who have difficulty using the affected hand, impairing their activities of daily living and decreasing their quality of life. By utilizing the philosophy of osteopathic medicine, providers can better implement a treatment plan by working with the patient to find one that incorporates all aspects of the patient’s environment. By using the practice of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), osteopathic physicians can often effectively treat the patient’s symptoms without side effects found in medications. This is especially useful in patients who may be unable to take certain medications, such as pregnant patients. Other treatment modalities are also reviewed in this manuscript … ABSTRACT

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