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"What you feel under your hands": exploring professionals' perspective of somatic dysfunction in osteopathic clinical practice-a qualitative study

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment


Chiropr Man Therap. 2022 Aug 31;30(1):32.

Authors:

Lorenzo Arcuri, Giacomo Consorti, Marco Tramontano, Marco Petracca, Jorge Eduardo Esteves, Christian Lunghi

Abstract.



Background: Despite controversy regarding its validity and clinical usefulness, manual examination findings still have an important role for manipulative therapies. As an example, somatic dysfunction (SD) remains central to osteopathic practice.This study aims to explore the experienced osteopaths' attitudes concerning SD and its role in osteopathic practice. This qualitative research could contribute to building a consistent paradigm for manual intervention in all musculoskeletal manipulations.

Methods: A thematic analysis with grounded theory elements was used. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews carried out between February and April 2021. A purposive sample of twenty professional osteopaths with past experience in osteopathic care was chosen to reflect the phenomenon's variety. The data analysis was done inductively and in tandem with the recruiting to keep track of data saturation.

Results: Eleven osteopaths participated in the study. Three main themes emerged from the data analysis: (1) SD as a safe tissue-touch-based communication tool between operator and person complex adaptive health system; (2) The treatment of SD is shareable between osteopaths, other health professionals, and the patients involved in the therapeutic pathway improving body awareness and health; (3) The development of the SD concept in research and practice to better clarify osteopathic profession identity and definition.

Conclusions: A panel of expert osteopaths consider the concept of SD as a valuable tool integrated into the osteopathic evaluation and treatment process. The shared concept and clinical application of SD is informed by person-centered care concepts and from the fields of neuroscience, cognitive and complexity science. Our study reports a common need among osteopaths to develop an evidence-based framework of SD to allow the best development of the osteopathic profession.

Publication Date: 

2022 Aug

OEID: 

3646

Arcuri, L., Consorti, G., Tramontano, M., Petracca, M., Esteves, EJ., Lunghi, C. (2022) '"What you feel under your hands": exploring professionals' perspective of somatic dysfunction in osteopathic clinical practice-a qualitative study ', Chiropr Man Therap. 2022 Aug 31;30(1):32.

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