Centre for Reviews and Summaries

NCOR launched our Centre For Reviews and Summaries (CFRS) in early 2017. This will grow into a one-stop-shop for all osteopaths who want to read summaries of the latest evidence relating to osteopathic care and management. Our Snapshot Summaries are intended to provide a brief overview of predominantly manual therapy and osteopathically-relevant research, with references for further reading. They are not intended to be an exhaustive or systematic review of the literature.

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Manual therapy for paediatric care

Key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • There is moderate to high quality evidence of benefit for osteopathic treatment for pre-term infants on length of hospital stay.
  • There is moderate quality evidence of benefit of manual therapy treatment for infants with ‘colic’ for reduced crying time.
  • Only low quality evidence exists for most other manual therapy based treatments for infants and children therefore no conclusions can be made about effectiveness.
  • In those studies reporting adverse events no serious adverse events were reported.

The full Snapshot Summary is available as a PDF to download.