Research Digest

Center for Osteopathic MEdicine collaboration
  1. Patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain diseases (CMPDs) often use osteopathic medicine (OM), although the changes in patients with pain diseases are still insufficiently investigated. This study aimed to observe changes along and after OM in addition to routine care on pain, functioning, and quality of life in patients with four CMPDs … ABSTRACT
  2. Background Visceral techniques have taken their place in the established osteopathic treatment approaches, however, very little research exists on their use in clinical settings in Australia. This study reports on the prevalence, enablers of and barriers to visceral technique use by registered osteopaths currently practising in Australia utilising a nationally representative database from the Osteopathy […]
  3. In Germany, more parents have been seeking help from osteopaths for their infants and children in recent years. This implies an increasing demand of reliable evidence regarding the effectiveness of osteopathic intervention for this group. The objective of this survey was to identify the ‘typical’ (most common) health concerns of parents when presenting their infants (age […]
  4. Patient-centered care is often considered a characteristic of osteopathic medicine, in addition to the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in such musculoskeletal conditions as low back pain. This study aimed to determine if patient-centered care or OMT are mediators of the clinical outcomes of osteopathic medicine in patients with chronic low back pain … […]
  5. Clinical practice guidelines commonly recommend adopting a biopsychosocial (BPS) framework by practitioners managing musculoskeletal pain. However, it remains unclear how osteopaths implement a BPS framework in the management of musculoskeletal pain. Hence, the objective of this review was to systematically appraise the literature on the current practices, barriers and facilitators experienced by osteopaths in implementing […]
  6. The eupneic act in healthy subjects involves a coordinated combination of functional anatomy and neurological activation. Neurologically, a central pattern generator, the components of which are distributed between the brainstem and the spinal cord, are hypothesized to drive the process and are modeled mathematically. A functionally anatomical approach is easier to understand although just as […]
  7. We read with great interest the recently published study by Coste et al. The authors reported no benefit of osteopathic treatment in a sample of patients with fibromyalgia (FM) and, therefore, concluded that its use was not recommended. We argue that their findings were expected given their lack of rationale for evaluating the benefits of a single […]
  8. The number of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for manual therapy (MT) has increased exponentially in recent years but the quality of reporting is heterogeneous. The objective of this methodological review was to assess the quality of the reporting of results in RCTs manual therapy, both in the text and in the graphs … ABSTRACT
  9. Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is the second leading cause of disability in the United States, with significant physical and financial implications. Development of a multifaceted treatment plan that is cost effective and optimizes patients’ ability to function on a daily basis is critical. To date, there have been no published prospective studies comparing the […]
  10. As the prevalence of drug-resistant infections continues to outpace the development of new antibiotics, we must explore all reasonable options for enhancing the effectiveness of existing anti-infectives. The emergence of novel pathogens without initial drug treatments or vaccines, typified by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 pandemic, further underscores the need for non-pharmacologic adjunctive measures […]