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.
Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO) published their own guidelines examining how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Further information about these guidelines and those already available from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence can be found here. Read more
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