Effect of a general osteopathic treatment on body satisfaction, global self perception and anxiety: A randomized trial
in asymptomatic female students
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Conducted by researchers at the Faculty of Motor Sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels and the Unit for Osteopathic Treatment at Hôpital Erasme in Brussels, this study was designed to assess the effects of a single session of general osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh) on several psychological features.* Thirty-four asymptomatic female volunteers completed a baseline questionnaire about anxiety, body satisfaction and global self-perception. The women were randomly assigned to an OMTh group or a control group (restful state). After a 30-minute session, each volunteer provided psychological data again, using the same questionnaire. At baseline, characteristics were comparable between the groups. While both groups reported improved psychological states after their sessions, the OMTh group had a significantly larger reduction in anxiety and improvement in global self-perception (p < 0.02). (This is an abstract. To view the full article, you will need to log in.)
*Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh) refers to manipulation provided by international osteopaths, while osteopathic manipulative treatment refers to manipulation provided by U.S.-trained osteopathic physicians.