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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Osteopathic treatment for pregnant or post-partum women

Key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • There is low to moderate evidence that supports osteopathic manual treatment (OMT) for pelvic, girdle or low back pain during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Non-specific effects of therapy play a role in outcomes as OMT was never shown to be superior to sham treatment even though it was shown to be superior to usual care or relaxation.
  • Overall, trials were mainly of small size and investigated treatments and protocols were very heterogeneous between studies.

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