Osteopathic Medicine Reviewed for Non-Specific Low Back Pain

Response: The main finding from our study were that osteopathic medicine is more effective than comparators in reducing pain and improving functional status in acute/chronic nonspecific low back pain, chronic nonspecific neck pain and chronic non – cancer pain. In contrast, there was inconclusive evidence on the efficacy of osteopathic medicine for paediatric conditions, primary headache, and irritable bowel syndrome.

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Osteopathic medicine could be effective in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, specifically with regard to chronic nonspecific low back pain patients and low back pain in pregnant or postpartum women.

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Our overview highlights the importance of performing further well-conducted systematic reviews as well as clinical trials. Particularly, clinical trials must adhere to specific guidelines for non-pharmacological treatments to confirm and extend the possible use of osteopathic medicine in some conditions, as well as its safety.


Helge Franke, Jan-David Franke, Gary Fryer,
Effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment for pediatric conditions: A systematic review,
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2022, ,ISSN 1360-8592,



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