Australian Study into Osteopathy

Complementary therapies are used for low back pain more frequently than for any other indication, yet evidence for or against their efficacy is fragmentary.

Not withstanding this void, the high prevalence of such therapies drives their integration into our health care systems.

Expert opinions on the use of complementary therapies for low back pain could therefore be helpful until more data from randomised, controlled trials become available. 

A postal questionnaire survey was designed to generate opinion from a systematically identified expert panel on the clinical effectiveness of complementary therapies for low back pain.

Computerised searches were conducted to systematically identify by objective criteria 50 clinical experts on low back pain.

Each panel member received a questionnaire to assess the perceived clinical effectiveness of complementary therapies for 4 defined categories of low back pain.

For acute uncomplicated low back pain, Osteopathy was rated as effective by most experts.

For chronic uncomplicated low back pain, most experts considered acupuncture as effective.

Experts perceived homeopathy generally as ineffective for any type of low back pain. Clinical experience with herbalism as a treatment for low back pain was insufficient to form an opinion.

Experts’ opinion is in favour of the effectiveness of Osteopathy for acute uncomplicated low back pain.

Acupuncture is judged to be of some value for chronic, uncomplicated low back pain.

Homeopathy is perceived as ineffective for any type of low back pain.

Insufficient experience with herbalism as a treatment for low back pain prevents firm conclusions.

(Journal of Manipulative and Physioligical Therapeutics 1999;22:87–90)

About David Drysdale

David Drysdale has worked as an Osteopath in the West End of Glasgow since 1996. David combines a wide range of techniques when treating a patient, ranging from Osteopathic Manipulation, Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Nutrition and Exercise. Treatments are tailored for the Patient. It is understood that some people simply do not like osteopathic manipulation, while others like Deep Tissue Massage, or benefit from Cranio-Sacral Therapy. There are different ways of treating people who are in pain, and providing the treatment that works for you is very important. Osteopathy is well known for treating Headaches, Neck & Back Pain, but many other conditions such as migraines, frozen shoulder and arthritis can all respond well to good Osteopathic treatment.
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Many Thanks…………….. Davy Drysdale

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