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Is osteopathy evidence based?
Some evidence exists to support the use of osteopathy in various presentations:

 

Infants & Children:
Osteopathy for the care of premature infants: Cerritelli F, Pizzolorusso G, Ciardelli F, 2, La Mola E, Vincenzo Cozzolino V, Renzetti C, D’Incecco C, Fusilli P, Sabatino G and Barlafante G. (2013). Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on length of stay in a population of preterm infants: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 13(65). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/13/65

Osteopathy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Vandenplas Y, Denayer E, Vandenbossche T, Vermet L, Hauser B, DeSchepper J & Engelen A. (2008). Osteopathy may decrease obsturctive apnea in infants: a pilot study. Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care 2008, 2:8 doi:10.1186/1750-4732-2-8. Retrieved from http://www.om-pc.com/content/2/1/8.

Osteopathy for the treatment of Infantile Postural Asymmetry: Philippi H, Faldum A, Schleupen A, Pabst B, Tatjana Jung T, Bergmann H, Bieber I, Kaemmerer C, Dijs P & Reitter B. (2006). Infantile postural asymmetry and osteopathic treatment: a randomized therapeutic trial. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 48(1): 5–9.
Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1017/S001216220600003X/abstract

Osteopathy for the treatment of infantile colic: Hayden C, Mullinger B. (2006). A preliminary assessment of the impact of cranial osteopathy for the relief of infantile colic. Complement Ther Clin Practice, 12(2): 83-89. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16648084

Osteopathy for the treatment of childhood asthma: Guiney PA, Chou R, Vianna A, Lovenhiem J. (2005). Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Paediatric Patients WIth Asthma: A randomised Controlled Trial. J Am Osteopathic Assoc, 105(1), 7-12.
Retrieved from http://www.jaoa.org/content/105/1/7.full

 

Adults:

Osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain: Licciardone JC, Angela K Brimhall AK, & King LN. (2005). Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 6(43). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-6-43. Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/6/43

 

Pregnancy:
Osteopathy for the treatment of pregnancy related pain conditions: Licciardone J, Buchanan S, Hensel KL, King HH, Fulda KG & Stoll, ST. (2010). Osteopathic manipulative treatment of back pain and related symptoms during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 202(1), 43e1--43.e8. Retrieved from http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(09)00843-6/abstract

 

Our clinic understands the importance of scientific evidence to validate any area of health care. A portion of every fee based osteopathic consultation at Growing Bones contributes to the development of a foundation to support osteopathic research within paediatrics, which we hope to establish over the next two years.