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Study Shows Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Significantly Reduces Low Back Pain

Six randomized controlled trials involving osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) were included in this review. Overall, OMT significantly reduced low back pain in trials of OMT vs active treatment or placebo and OMT vs no treatment. Significant pain reductions were also observed during short-, intermediate-, and long-term follow-up. The level of pain reduction was greater than expected from placebo effects alone and lasted for at least three months. Additional research is warranted to explain how OMT exerts its effects, to determine if OMT benefits are long lasting, and to assess the cost-effectiveness of OMT as a complementary treatment for low back pain. Licciardone JC, Brimhall AK, King LN. "Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 6: 43, 2005.



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