A double blind randomised controlled trial, published in Annals of Family Medicine, demonstrated that osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) benefited patients with low back pain. Licciardone and colleagues compared: OMT (n=230), sham OMT (n=225), Ultrasound treatment (n=233) and sham ultrasound (n=266) for 6 treatment sessions over 8 weeks. At week 12, 50% of the OMT group reported a substantial improvement compared to 35% of the sham OMT group. Further 63% in the OMT group and 46% in the sham OMT reported a moderate improvement by 12 weeks. The authors stated that OMT is ‘efficacious for short term pain relief when used to complement other co-treatments for chronic low back pain’.
Licciardone et al. Ann Fam Med 2013; 11: 122-129