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Retrospective study of cranial strain pattern prevalence in a healthy population

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment,Cranial and Pediatric

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2008 Nov;108(11):652-6.

Authors:

Elena M Timoshkin, Mark Sandhouse

Abstract.



Context: Research studies have associated cranial strain patterns with a variety of neurologic disorders. However, baseline data on the prevalence of such patterns in a healthy population is lacking.

Objective: To determine the prevalence of cranial strain patterns in healthy subjects.

Methods: A retrospective analysis of cranial strain findings from healthy subjects who participated in two previous research projects. Data were collected for the following cranial strain patterns: torsion (left or right), sidebending rotation (left or right), lateral (left or right), and vertical (superior or inferior).

Results: Data from 142 healthy subjects--119 women and 23 men with a mean age of 24.5 years--were analyzed. Torsion and sidebending rotation were the most common cranial strain patterns observed, comprising 72% of all identified patterns. The most prevalent patterns when stratified by the side of dysfunction were right torsion (31%), left sidebending rotation (23%), and left lateral (19%). Left sidebending rotation with right torsion (17%); left lateral, left sidebending rotation, and right torsion (14%); and right sidebending rotation with right torsion (11%) were the most common combinations of cranial stain patterns.

Conclusion: Although the present study identified common cranial strain patterns in a healthy population, future studies with broader patient populations and multiple observers are needed to confirm and further define these findings.

Publication Date: 

2008 Nov

OEID: 

1940

Timoshkin, ME., Sandhouse, M. (2008) 'Retrospective study of cranial strain pattern prevalence in a healthy population ', J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2008 Nov;108(11):652-6.

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