Following a review (by the UK government’s independant Advertising Standards Authority of the Bronfort et al Review in 2010) they accept that osteopaths may claim to help a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • generalised aches and pain
  • joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • arthritic pain
  • general, acute & chronic backache, back pain
  • uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
  • frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
  • circulatory problems
  • cramp
  • joint pains
  • lumbago
  • sciatica
  • muscle spasms
  • neuralgia
  • inability to relax
  • rheumatic pain
  • minor sports injuries and tensions

Other research on use of Osteopathy/Manual Therapy for the following:

  • Back Pain
    • (Cruser et al, 2012), (Licciardone et al, 2013), (Licciardone et al, 2005), (Licciardone et al, 2013).
  • Thoracic Pain
    • (McGregor et al, 2014)
  • Neck Pain
    • (Gross et al, 2015)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy
    • See our page on Women’s Health for research articles
  • Children
    • See our page on Babies and Children for research articles
  • Headaches and Migraines
    • See our page on Business and Skilled Workers for research articles
  • Shoulder Pain
    • See our page on Sports People and Dancers for research articles
  • Rhinosinusitis
    • (Méndez-Sánchez et al, 2012)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • (Burnham et al, 2015)
  • Period Pain
    • (Pinter-Hass et al, 2007)
  • Ankle Sprains
    • See our page on Sports People and Dancers for research articles
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
    • (Niel-Asher et al, 2014)
  • Fibromyalgia
    • (Reis, 2014)
  • Digestive Issues (Constipation)
    • (Brugman et al, 2010)
  • Endometriosis
    • (Daraï et al, 2015)


Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Leininger B, Triano J. (2010). Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy; 18: 3.

Brugman R, Fitzgerald K, Fryer G. (2010). The effect of Osteopathic Treatment on Chronic Constipation, A Pilot Study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine: Vol 13 (1): 17-23.

Burnham T, Higgins D, Burnham R, Heath D. (2015). Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Pilot Project.The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Vol. 115, 138-148.

Cruser dA, Maurer D, Hensel K, Brown SK, White K, Stoll ST. (2012) A randomized, controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment for acute low back pain in active duty military personnel. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Feb; 20(1):5-15.

Daraï C, Deboute O, Zacharopoulou C, Laas E, Canlorbe G, Belghiti J, Zilberman S, Ballester M, Daraï E. (2015) Impact of osteopathic manipulative therapy on quality of life of patients with deep infiltrating endometriosis with colorectal involvement: results of a pilot study. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology: Vol 188, May, Pages 70–73.

Gross A, Langevin P, Burnie S, Bedard-Brochu M, Empey B, Dugas E, Faber-Dobrescu, Andres C, Graham N, Goldsmith C, Branford G, Hoving J, LeBlanc F. (2015) Manipulation and mobilisation for neck pain contrasted against an inactive control or another active treatment. Cochrane Library. 

Licciardone JC, Minotti DE, Gatchel RJ, Kearns CM, Singh KP. (2013) Osteopathic manual treatment and ultrasound therapy for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Family Medicine Mar-Apr;11(2):122-9.

Licciardone JC, Brimhall A, King L. (2005) Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Licciardone JC, Kearns CM, Minotti DE. (2013) Outcomes of osteopathic manual treatment for chronic low back pain according to baseline pain severity: results from the OSTEOPATHIC Trial. Manual Therapy: Dec;18(6):533-40.

Niel-Asher S, Hibberd S, Bentley S, Reynolds J. (2014). Adhesive capsulitis: Prospective observational multi-centre study on the Neil-Asher technique (NAT). International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Dec, Vol 17, 4: 232-242.

McGregor C, Boyles R, Murahashi L, Sena T, Yarnall R. (2014). The immediate effects of thoracic transverse mobilization in patients with the primary complaint of mechanical neck pain: a pilot study. J Man Manip Ther. Nov;22(4):191-8.

Méndez-Sánchez R, GonzálezIglesias J, Puente-González AS, Sánchez-Sánchez JL, Puentedura EJ, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C. (2012). Effects of manual therapy on craniofacial pain in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis: a case series. J Manipulative Physiol There: Jan;35(1):64-72.

Pinter-Hass A, Schach-Hirte J, Wirthwein P. (2007). Osteopathic treatment of women with primary dysmenorrhoea. A randomized controlled trial. Akademie für Osteopathie (AFO), Deutschland

Reis MS, Durigan JL, Arena R, Rossi BR, Mendes RG, Borghi-Silva A. (2014). Effects of posteroanterior thoracic mobilization on heart rate variability and pain in women with fibromyalgia. Rehabil Res Pract:898763

For more information: 1300 10 11 22