The latest news for osteopaths and manual therapists. If you prefer, you can filter by the following categories: Snapshot Summaries from our Centre for Reviews and Summaries; events; research hubs including Bristol, Exeter, Haywards Heath and Leeds. We also occasionally post summaries of articles that appear in The Osteopath and Osteopathy Today magazines. There is also an archive of our old monthly bulletins.
Heron L, O’Neill C, McAneney H, et al. Direct healthcare costs of sedentary behaviour in the UK. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019 Mar 25. pii: jech-2018-211758.
A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health highlighted the effects of prolonged periods of sitting on individuals’ general health. Read more
A recent publication in the BMJ indicates that surgery and immobilisation have similar outcomes on Achilles tendon tears. The review examined 29 studies with a total of 15,862 patients. The authors report that risk of re-rupture following surgery was 2.3%, whereas risk of re-rupture following immobilisation with specialised boot or cast was only slightly higher at 3.9%. Read more
That’s the message from a systematic review of 11 trials with 455 adult participants. Although these numbers are small, it’s an encouraging addition to the evidence-base, which has shown conflicting results. The reviewers focused on examining the methodologies of the trials they reviewed in order to reduce confounding effects and misleading results. Read more
Fifty-eight women aged between 63 and 75 years were randomly grouped into control and intervention groups each of 29 participants. The intervention group engaged in 8 weeks of walking meditation for 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week. This consisted of mindfully drawing attention to leg and foot movements while walking slowly in a peaceful environment. Read more
This piece by Deborah Smith takes a broad overview of the past, present and future of osteopathic practice. She explores current issues in the field, including the gradual erosion of “postural and structural diagnostic explanations”, the complexity of pain, and the “biopsychosocial” model. Read more
The authors of this systematic review identified 5 papers for their narrative synthesis. They report that maternal chocolate and coffee might be associated with increased infant colic and atopic dermatitis, although it remains unknown whether caffeine is a causative agent. They note that the quality of the studies reviewed was variable, and that evidence for any recommendations therefore remains scant and and inconclusive. Read more
This small study of 32 patients explored the effect of diaphragmatic stretching on some measures of asthmatic function, including respiratory pressures, rib-cage excursion, and spinal mobility. The authors found an increase in maximum inspiratory pressure 5 minutes after treatment, and increased flexibility and mobility of the rib-cage 20 minutes after treatment. Read more