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STUDY: Good ole physical therapy techniques
JOURNAL: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, September 2003
AUTHORS: Dr. Miriam V. Mills
ABSTRACT: Manipulation of the bones and muscles may help children with frequent ear infections.
COMMENTARY: In contrast to medical doctors, osteopathic doctors or DOs receive special training in the manipulation of bones and muscles. By manipulating these body structures, many DOs believe that a variety of diseases can be cured or at least improved.
The new findings are based on a study of 57 children with recurrent earaches who received routine care alone or combined with osteopathic manipulation for 6 months.
The manipulation consisted of "gentle techniques on areas of restriction." Although the manipulation focused on the head and neck, the entire body was evaluated and treated as needed.
Kids treated with manipulation had fewer earaches and were less likely to require ear tubes than children who received routine care. Also, eardrum exams were more likely to be normal with osteopathic manipulation.