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Effects of Osteopathic Treatment on Postural Equilibrium Evaluated through a Stabilometric Platform: A Randomized and Controlled Study

Department of Research, Center Studies of Osteopathy, Catania 95129, Italy
Orthopedic Study “Balduina”, Roma 00118, Italy
Department of Education Sciences, University of Study of Catania, Catania 95100, Italy
Horus Cooperative Social, Ragusa 97100, Italy
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Academic Editors: Paul Stapley and Giuseppe Musumeci
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2(2), 18;
Received: 6 April 2017 / Revised: 1 May 2017 / Accepted: 17 May 2017 / Published: 24 May 2017
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Equilibrium is a very complex function and involves many systems, including the somatic-sensory, vestibular and visual systems. The condition of balance is maintained until the gravity center falls into the perimeter of support, defined as the ground level of the support base. Equilibrium loss is at the root of the risk of falling down, and represents a public health issue associated with remarkable costs for hospitalization, risk of residual disability and death for the elderly. Osteopathy can be a good ally that allows the human body to oppose gravitational force in a functional and ergonomic way. Osteopathy represents a medical approach complementary to healthcare and could be a non-invasive approach to improve and support traditional medicine in different physiological and pathological conditions. The aim of this study is to evaluate the cause-effect relationship between Manipulative Osteopathic Treatment (OMT) and its effects on equilibrium through stabilometric examinations. The 63 chosen subjects, including 23 females and 40 males, were between 18 and 45 years old, with a mean age of 29. Subjects were randomly divided into two groups: Manipulative Osteopathic Treatment (OMT) and Non Touch group (NON TOUCH). We can confirm that the tonic-postural response was more marked in the OMT group, with a statistic relevance both for the ellipse surface and the tangle length, with better stability and consequent energy saving in treated subjects. There were not statistically relevant variations for the NON TOUCH group. Therefore, it seems that Manipulative Osteopathic Treatment (OMT) influences stabilometry. However, posture influence due to Manipulative Osteopathic Treatment (OMT) should be evaluated with short- and long-term follow-ups, and with a larger sample size to test the administration of osteopathic treatments, in order to define an adequate work plan time period to prevent equilibrium loss. View Full-Text
Keywords: posture; equilibrium; osteopathic manipulative treatment posture; equilibrium; osteopathic manipulative treatment

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Buscemi, A.; Cannatella, M.; Lutrario, P.; Rapisarda, A.; Di Gregorio, G.; Coco, M. Effects of Osteopathic Treatment on Postural Equilibrium Evaluated through a Stabilometric Platform: A Randomized and Controlled Study. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2, 18.

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