Osteopathy Helps Villagers in Kenya: An OBC member’s volunteer experience

There are only a few osteopaths* in Africa, as for example in Kenya there are four. Luckily one of them introduced osteopathy into charitable Medical Expeditions to villages that lack regular access to medical care. The charity is called Divinity Foundation (not associated with any church) and is led by the British-Kenyan citizen Navdeep “Nav” Matharu. 

I participated in two such expeditions and was amazed by the amount of help provided, and by the amount of kindness offered to one another during the two-week time. Usually, the expedition consists of a volunteering team of Kenyan medical doctors, foreign osteopaths** and a support group. Help is provided mainly to women and children who first go through a medical evaluation and are prescribed medications. In some cases, they are referred to the temporary osteopathic clinic which can be situated in the outpatient hospitals, schools or sometimes it is setup under the trees when in a remote area. Usually, there are 10 osteopaths on board who come from either a European country or a North American one.

 

The OIA Global Report: Global Review of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy 2020

The OIA Board of Directors is proud to offer The OIA Global Report:  Global Review of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy 2020.   This report is an update of our 2013 Global Report and illustrates the growth of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy in the past seven years. 

The report is presented in four parts:

Summary Document:  Provides the highlights of the full report
Part I:  The Status of Osteopathic Healthcare Worldwide – A Survey of OIA Members
Part II:  A Profile of Osteopathic Healthcare – A Review of Literature
Part III:  Osteopathy Evidence and Safety Summary

Download the 2020 Osteopathy and Osteopathic Medicine Summary
Download the 2020 Osteopathy and Osteopathic Medicine

 

A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension–Type Headaches

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effects of osteopathic treatment and progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) exercises on patients with tension-type headache (TTH).

BACKGROUND: Relaxation is generally accepted as a treatment for TTH. Osteopathy is considered by some practitioners to be useful for headache management but there is limited scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness. This study compares relaxation and relaxation plus selected osteopathic techniques in the treatment of people with TTH.

Osteopathy: The Structure of Your Body’s Pain

The source of your symptoms may not be what you think

The word osteopathy originates from the two Greek words “osteone,” which means structure, and “pathos,” which means pain. Osteopathic treatment is based on the concept that the structure of the body affects how it will function and that it functions as a unified whole. In other words, if there is a problem or restriction in one part of the body, then all the other parts are affected in some way and often there is pain. Osteopathy uses gentle, manual techniques to release these restrictions so normal function can ensue and the pain is decreased or eliminated.