Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can be successfully applied to infants with deformed plagiocephalus
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Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can be successfully applied to infants with deformed plagiocephalus

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A new outcome research study from Italy investigated the efficacy and tolerability of treating infants with deformed plagiocephalus with OMT within 12 months and found that the osteopathic approach led to a significant reduction in all plagiocephalometric indices. 

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Methods:

A total of 35 infants under the age of 6 months with unilateral deformed plagiocephaly or brachycephaly met the inclusion criteria and were thus included in the study. The indices measured were the "Oblique-Diameter-Difference-Index", the "Cranial-Proportional-Index" and the "Ear-Deviation-Index". In addition to the treatment of the infants with OMT, the parents received additional posture counselling for further support. Furthermore, the parents' satisfaction was recorded by means of questionnaires.

Results:

After 12 months of treatment with osteopathic manipulative therapy (plus support counselling) with an average of 6.5 sessions, all indices decreased significantly. Furthermore, there were no undesired side effects. Overall, the parents were satisfied with the treatment approach.

Conclusions: 

The authors concluded that OMT for infants with deformed plagiocephalus can be considered a promising therapeutic option as an extension of standard treatment. Further multicentre randomised controlled trials were recommended to further evaluate this therapeutic approach (Gasperini et al. 2021).

Gasperini M, Vanacore N, Massimi L, et al. Effects of osteopathic approach in infants with deformational plagiocephaly: an outcome research study. Minerva Pediatr. Published online 2021

Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can be successfully applied to infants with deformed plagiocephalus

A new outcome research study from Italy examined the efficacy and tolerability of treating infants with deformed plagiocephalus with OMT within 12 months and found that the osteopathic approach resulted in a significant reduction in all plagiocephalometric indices. 

Those interested in the exact data:

Methods:

A total of 35 infants younger than 6 months of age with unilateral deformity of plagiocephaly or brachycephaly met the inclusion criteria and were thus included in the study. The indices measured were the "Oblique Diameter Difference Index," the "Cranial Proportional Index," and the "Ear Deviation Index. In addition to treating the infants with OMT, the parents received additional postural counselling for further support. Furthermore, the parents' satisfaction was recorded by questionnaires.

Results:

After 12 months of treatment with osteopathic manipulative therapy (plus postural counselling) with an average of 6.5 sessions, all indices decreased significantly. Furthermore, there were no undesirable side effects. Overall, parents were satisfied with the treatment approach

Conclusions

The authors concluded that OMT for infants with deformed plagiocephalus can be considered a promising therapeutic option as an extension of standard treatment. Further multicenter randomized controlled trials were recommended to further evaluate this therapeutic approach (Gasperini et al. 2021).

Gasperini M, Vanacore N, Massimi L, et al. Effects of osteopathic approach in infants with deformational plagiocephaly: an outcome research study. Minerva Pediatr. Published online 2021

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