Patient category (select the link for PDF with studies and abstacts and/or other quotes)

Systematic reviews (favourable)

Other reviews (favourable)

Controlled clinical trials (favourable)

Other research studies (favourable)

Systematic reviews (mixed results)

Studies (mixed results)

Reviews (no benefit)

Studies of all kinds (no benefit)

Studies of all kinds (condition worsened)

Last updated

Autism (people on the spectrum)

1

1

1

Jul18

Cancer (people with)

2

1

5

4

Jul18

Cerebral palsy (people with)

3

1

Jul18

Children

6

1

27

12

2

2

Jul18

HIV (people with)

2

Jul18

Large bodies (people with)

1

Jul18

Multiple sclerosis patients

3

Aug18

Older people

6

1

3

Jul18

Prader-Willi syndrome (people with)

1

Jul18

Pre-term babies

1

4

1

Jul18

Pregnancy and child birth

2

1

11

9

1

2

Jul18

Women

1

1

15

7

1

2

Jul18

techniques developed by osteopaths that it is probably impossible to develop a comprehensive list, even for a professional team. (I say this because I've read a number of systematic reviews trying to look at whole aspects of osteopathy, like treating children, or treating the abdominal organs, and I know how many studies I've been able to find, which met their selection criteria, that they missed).

4) Osteopathy one of those fields where practice leads research, not the other way around. (It's much quicker to develop a technique and see if works on your patients, than to put together a research study on a technique that has never been used in practice.) This means that just because a condition isn't listed here, that doesn't necessarily mean that it can't be influenced by osteopathy.

Important notes:

1) This list shouldn't be interpreted as a claim to be able to successfully treat any condition at all in any particular patient. Health is individual, and it's complicated. Osteopaths don't directly treat conditions; we treat people, to help them to be as healthy as possible. This list is just a point-in-time snapshot of where some of the research is currently up to, relevant to some categories of people with particular health-related needs.

2) Most of this research is looking at health-related issues that may go with the condition, not the condition as a whole.

3) This list isn't comprehensive. It's simply what I have had time to collect and organise in my spare time. There is so much research now into osteopathy and

Research into the Use of Osteopathy, or Techniques Developed by Osteopaths, for
Patient-Groups with Particular Medical Requirements

  

John Smartt Osteopath
Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) Master of Osteopathy (UWS)
 


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