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Sensations experienced and patients' perceptions of osteopathy in the cranial field treatment

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment,Cranial and Pediatric

Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Oct;19(4):235-46.

Authors:

Jane Mulcahy, Brett Vaughan

Abstract.

Osteopathy in the cranial field is an approach used by manual and physical therapists. However, there is minimal information in the literature about patient experiences of this treatment. The present study was undertaken to explore patients' experiences of osteopathy in the cranial field. Patients completed the Patient Perception Measure-Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and identified sensations they experienced during treatment. Additional measures of anxiety, depression, Satisfaction With Life, and Meaningfulness of Daily Activity were completed. The Patient Perception Measure-Osteopathy in the Cranial Field was internally consistent (Cronbach's α = .85). The most frequently experienced sensations of osteopathy in the cranial field patients were "relaxed," "releasing," and "unwinding." Satisfaction With Life and Meaningfulness of Daily Activity were positively associated with Patient Perception Measure-Osteopathy in the Cranial Field scores. Negative associations were observed between the Patient Perception Measure-Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and depression. Psychometric properties of the Patient Perception Measure-Osteopathy in the Cranial Field require further testing. The observed associations of Satisfaction With Life and depression with patients' perceptions of osteopathy in the cranial field treatment needs to be tested in larger clinical manual therapy cohorts.

Publication Date: 

2014 Oct

OEID: 

2545

Mulcahy, J., Vaughan, B. (2014) 'Sensations experienced and patients' perceptions of osteopathy in the cranial field treatment ', Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Oct;19(4):235-46.

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