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Infantile postural asymmetry and osteopathic treatment: a randomized therapeutic trial

  • Heike Philippi (a1), Andreas Faldum (a2), Angela Schleupen (a3), Bianka Pabst (a3), Tatjana Jung (a4), Holger Bergmann (a4), Imke Bieber (a4), Christine Kaemmerer (a4), Piet Dijs (a3) and Bernd Reitter (a4)...
Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of osteopathic treatment in infants with postural asymmetry. A randomized clinical trial of efficacy with blinded videoscoring was performed. Sixty-one infants with postural asymmetry aged 6 to 12 weeks (mean 9wks) were recruited. Thirty-two infants (18 males, 14 females) with a gestational age of at least 36 weeks were found to be eligible and randomly assigned to the intervention groups, 16 receiving osteopathic treatment and 16 sham therapy. After a treatment period of 4 weeks the outcome was measured using a standardized scale (4–24 points). With sham therapy, five infants improved (at least 3 points), eight infants were unchanged (within 3 points), and three infants deteriorated (not more than –3 points); the mean improvement was 1.2 points (SD 3.5). In the osteopathic group, 13 infants improved and three remained unchanged; the mean improvement was 5.9 points (SD 3.8). The difference was significant (p=0.001). We conclude that osteopathic treatment in the first months of life improves the degree of asymmetry in infants with postural asymmetry.

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Department of Paediatric Neurology, University Children's Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 150, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. E-mail: Heike.Philippi@med.uni-heidelberg.de
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Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
  • ISSN: 0012-1622
  • EISSN: 1469-8749
  • URL: /core/journals/developmental-medicine-and-child-neurology
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