The role of scientific research in osteopathy
Medical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, neurology and pathology stand at the basis of the methodology and clinical reasoning of the osteopathic approach. Other domains such as embryology, general medicine, health sciences and neuroendocrinology are also consulted by osteopaths when looking at the balance between health and disease and formulating a hypothesis.
The osteopath tests his or her actions against the most recent scientific findings.
In treatment decisions, the osteopath integrates the best external evidence with his or her own clinical expertise, all in consultation with the patient. Osteopaths mainly work in primary health care. They work together with fellow osteopaths and other health care practitioners.
Recent scientific publications
Osteopathic Treatment of Infants in their First Year of Life: A prospective Multicenter Observational Study (OSTINF Study) F. Schwerla, B. Daake, E. Moeckel and K.-L. Resch, February 2021