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Osteopathy.. Is there any evidence that it works?
11 April 2013
- Osteopathy.. Is there any evidence that it works?
- By Philip Godfrey, Osteopath. Chase Lodge Hospital, London NW7 2ED
- "Does it really work or is it all in the mind?"
- "I'm not convinced osteopathy does anything but after I had your treatment the pain seemed to go away on its own"!!
- "Surely its not as effective as taking pills?"
One recent study at the University of North Texas' Health Science Centre assessed 455 adult patients who attended the centre for back pain care. Some of the patients were given hands-on osteopathic therapy (OMT), involving six sessions over the course of 12 weeks, while others received ultrasound therapy. The researchers found that patients who received ultrasound therapy typically experienced little - if any - improvement in their chronic low back pain.In contrast, osteopathic care was associated with significant improvements in pain, as well as a reduced reliance on prescription painkillers.According to Arthritis Research UK's evidence-based report on the effectiveness of complementary therapies published earlier this year, they presented evidence that osteopathy worked in relieving back pain. The NHS in the UK now publish information about osteopathy on their websites and there they state clearly that there is good scientific evidence that osteopathy works well for treating a number of conditions.
It is a wonderful relief to finally be able to silence the doubters with good quality scientific research and results. Of course good patient care and a quick resolution to any structural ailment such as back pain often comes from a multidisciplinary approach. Working in Chase Lodge Hospital we pride ourselves on working in this way and can help patients recover fully from their problem quickly.