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

There is low to moderate evidence that supports osteopathic manual treatment (OMT) for pelvic, girdle or low back pain during pregnancy and postpartum. Further key messages from this Snapshot Summary include:

  • 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.