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Quantitative Block-Randomized Clinical Control Study
Global osteopathic treatment on adults suffering from functional gastrointestinal disorders, as defined by the Rome IV criteria, IMPROVES mental and physical health-related quality of life, as measured by the SF-36 Health Survey.
The mental and physical quality of life summary scores showed a statistically significant improvement after treatment in the short and long-term.
Mental Health Sub-Scales
Vitality Scale improved by 41% which demonstrated that the subjects felt less tired and worn out as well as had more life and energy over time.
Mental/Emotional Health and Well-being Scale improved by 26% which demonstrated that the subjects felt more at peace and happy as well as less sad, nervous and down over time.
Emotional Role Limitations Scale improved by 45% which demonstrated that the subjects’ emotional problems interfered much less with their work and other daily activities over time.
Social Functioning Scale improved by 26% which demonstrated the subjects’ physical health or emotional problems interfered less with their normal social activities with family, friends, neighbors, or groups over time.
Physical Health Sub-Scales
Physical Role Limitations Scale improved by 31% which demonstrated that the subjects’ physical problems interfered less with their work and other daily activities by the end of the study.
Body Pain Scale improved by 6% which demonstrated that the subjects’ magnitude of pain decreased by 15% and their pain interfered 4% less with their normal work.
Physical Functioning Scale improved by 1% which demonstrated that the subjects’ found it easier to climb several flights of stairs by 7%, bend and kneel by 10%, and perform vigorous activities by 5%.
General Health Scale improved by 8% with how they perceived their general health to be at the time and how it would change in the future.
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FGIDs are the most common diagnoses in gastroenterology and are characterized by persistent and recurrent gastrointestinal symptoms that occur as a result of abnormal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. No organic cause can be established.
The gut-brain axis is the direct structural hardwiring between the brain and gut where information from emotional and cognitive centers of the brain communicates to the peripheral gastrointestinal tract functioning and vice versa.
Six main groups: (1) Esophageal Disorders, (2) Gastroduodenal Disorders, (3) Bowel Disorders, (4) Centrally Mediated Disorders of Gastrointestinal Pain, (5) Gallbladder and Sphincter of Oddi Disorders, (6) Anorectal Disorders.
HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP
The goal of global osteopathic treatment is to remove barriers at all levels and to balance the health mechanisms in the body in order to reduce the strain on the body’s adaptive responses and to give greater potential for balance and homeostasis.
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