Condition (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)

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Asthma

2

6

1

Jul18

Atelectasis

1

Jul18

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

1

1

Jul18

Back pain

5

4

34

13

4

1

Jul18

Bells palsy

1

Jul18

Blocked tear duct (dacryostenosis)

1

Jul18

Carpal tunnel syndrome

1

3

4

1

Jul18

Cellulite (gynoid lipodystrophy)

2

1

Jul18

Chest pain

1

Jul18

Club foot (congenital talipes equinovarus)

1

Jul18

Concussion

1

1

Jul18

Dementia

1

Jul18

Dermatological (skin) conditions

1

Jul18

Diabetes melitis (issues associated with)

1

2

Jul18

Dizziness, vertigo and balance problems

3

5

Jul18

Drop foot

1

Jul18

Dupuytren contraction

1

Jul18

Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

1

2

3

1

Jul18

Emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

2

2

Jul18

Fibromyalgia and similar chronic pain

1

7

1

1

Jul18

Foot and ankle conditions

1

6

1

1

1

Jul18

Fracture-related swelling

2

2

Jul18

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

3

1

1

Jul18

Gall bladder sluggishness (biliary dyskinesia)

1

Jul18

Gastro-intestinal symptoms (including constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome)

1

1

13

3

Jul18

Headaches and migraines

2

1

15

5

1

Jul18

Health-related quality of life generally

1

8

7

1

1

Jul18

Hemianopsia (loss of visual field)

1

Jul18

Hiccups (singultus)

2

Jul18

High blood pressure (hypertension)

1

2

1

Aug18

Hip pain

4

2

Jul18

HIV (secondary problems associated with)

2

Jul18

Hospital length of stay

1

8

3

Jul18

Infantile postural asymmetry

1

Jul18

Infection

2

1

3

3

1

Jul18

Infertility

1

Jul18

Inflammation and immune regulation

1

2

3

Jul18

Insomnia

2

1

1

Jul18

Knee pain

5

1

2

Jul18

Lactation/ breast feeding

1

3

Jul18

Lymphedema

2

9

4

Jul18

Malocclusion

1

1

Jul18

Menopausal symptoms

2

Jul18

Muscle fatigue

2

Jul18

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome?)

1

Jul18

Neck pain

1

15

3

1

Jul18

Nerve pain and symptoms (including stenosis)

1

2

5

7

1

Jul18

Osteoarthritis

4

1

Jul18

Pain generally

8

68

15

6

Jul18

Pancreatitis

1

Jul18

Parkinsons disease (motor function in)

4

Jul18

Period pain (dysmenorrhoea)

3

1

Jul18

Plagiocephaly (head assymetry)

1

Jul18

Pneumonia

2

3

2

1

Jul18

Post surgical rehabilitation

9

5

1

Jul18

Post-surgical ileus (lack of bowel function)

1

Jul18

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

1

Jul18

Prostatitis

1

Jul18

Psychological conditions (including anxiety and depression) and associated physiology

4

22

5

3

Jul18

Pulmonary fibrosis

1

Jul18

Raised inter-cranial pressure

1

Jul18

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/ complex regional pain syndrome

1

1

Jul18

Shoulder pain and stiffness, excluding frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis (those studies listed separately)

7

1

1

1

Jul18

Sinusitis

1

Jul18

Spinal cord injury (pain associated with)

1

Jul18

Sporting injuries and recovery

2

1

18

6

3

Aug18

Tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) (jaw) issues

2

4

1

Jul18

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

2

4

1

Jul18

Tinnitus (specific causes)

2

2

Jul18

Unsettled babies/"Colic"

2

5

3

1

Jul18

Urinary tract symptoms

1

2

Jul18

Venous insufficiency

4

Jul18

Whiplash injury

1

2

2

Jul18

Wound healing

2

1

1

2

Jul18

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).

3) Osteopathy is 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 of these conditions 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.

2) 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 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

Research into the Use of Osteopathy, or Techniques Developed by Osteopaths, for Specific Conditions

  

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


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