Does osteopathy work?

logoembedWith more research being completed into the effectiveness of manual therapies, including osteopathy, it is encouraging to see clinical evidence showing that manual therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions.

Recently (May 2009) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a report that recommends manual therapy (including osteopathy) for non-specific low back pain lasting more than 6 weeks but less than 12 months.

Your GP can advise you and refer you to an osteopath or other manual therapist depending on your preference. Here is a link to the public information leaflet. Download PDF Leaflet.


logoembedA year-long pilot scheme in Northern Ireland has found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can offer significant health improvements to NHS patients. After receiving CAM treatments on referral from their GP, 81% of patients reported an improvement in their physical health and 79% in their mental health. The majority of patients, 84%, directly linked improvements in their health and wellbeing to the CAM treatment they had received and 94% said they would recommend it to others with a similar condition. Half of the GP’s prescribed less medication and reported patients indicating they needed less than before the CAM treatment.

The 713 patients, with a range of ages and demographic backgrounds and either musculoskeletal or mental health conditions, were referred to relevant CAM therapies via nine GP practices in Belfast and Londonderry. The therapies included massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy administered by local practitioners.

The scheme was implemented by social enterprise Get Well UK, which aims to improve access to complementary therapy on the public health service. Patients assessed their own health and wellbeing pre and post therapy and GPs and CAM practitioners also rated patients responses to treatment and the overall effectiveness of the scheme.

Here is a link to their website with more information.


logoembedBelow is a link to research regarding the osteopathic management of patients during pregnancy.

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