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Osteopathy as Evidenced-based Medicine

In recent years there has been great emphasis on the importance of Evidence-based medicine, and this applies as much to traditional and core medical disciplines, e.g. surgery, as much as Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Manual Medicine.

However, Osteopathy, Manual Medicine (and Acupuncture) do have an ever increasing evidence base. Here is one page you might like to see, which lists some research studies into Osteopathy and Manual Medicine: Osteopathy Australia.

Here is one recent study (2017) from the University of Otago, NZ, published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physiotherapy, on the neuroendocrine response following a thoracic spinal manipulation. This suggests that spinal manipulation can potentially effect widespread changes throughout the body mediated by ''changes in the autonomic nervous system (ANS), sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and the endocrine system (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal [HPA] axis)'' (the 2nd part of this sentence is quoted from the opening paragraph of this study.)

Neuro-Endocrine Response Following a Thoracic Spinal Manipulation in Healthy Men (PDF Download Available). Available from ResearchGate [accessed Jan 11 2018].

(For more about Acupuncture as evidenced-based medicine you might want to look at Acupuncture — Effectiveness (Evidenced-based medicine)



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