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

There is moderate quality evidence of benefit of manual therapy treatment for infants with ‘colic’ for reduced crying time. Futher 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.
  • 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.