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Research into OMM?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Cranialpressure, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Cranialpressure

    Cranialpressure Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    out there
    Everyone critizises the lack of research into OMM, yet I see research projects and publications, maybe not too much, but it is still there. What is the deal? You can't tell me that all of the research that has been completed is bad. I understand that more needs to be done but it annoys me when posters on this board so flippantly dismiss the efforts of past and present osteopathic researchers. Can someone shed light on all of this?
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  3. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    The problem is the that OMM research has not cumulated like other areas of biomedical research. It's been done in fits-and-starts. It's not coordinated, integrated effort. It's haphazzard. Maybe efforts of the new National Osteopathic Researcb Center at UNTHSC-FW will help that.

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  4. oceandocDO

    oceandocDO Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 14, 2002
    Here's a pair of links touching on NASA's interest in the science behind cranial therapy. NASA's very interested in cranial therapies due to the effects of zero gravity on ICP.

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  5. osteodoc13

    osteodoc13 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Chino, CA
    Here's a page I put together to show a bibliography of cranial research put out by the AAO:

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    It's pretty long, but it shows that there is research supporting OCF
  6. goldsalts

    goldsalts New Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    The problem with OMM research is that it is peer-reveiwed within the field. The idea that the basio-occiput never fuses is PURE CRAP, and any skilled skeletal biologist will be more than happy to tell this to you to your face. The articles need to be sent outside of "cranial osteopathy physicians", and the physicians need to actually LISTEN to what these scientists with years of reseach have to say. When someone tells me that cranial sutures never fuse, I consider the physician to be a charletain at best. This only shows ignorance. Let's not even get into pubic disengagement!
  7. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by goldsalts:
    <strong> The idea that the basio-occiput never fuses is PURE CRAP, and any skilled skeletal biologist will be more than happy to tell this to you to your face.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Cranio 2002 Jan;20(1):34-8 Related Articles, Books, LinkOut

    Radiographic evidence of cranial bone mobility.

    Oleski SL, Smith GH, Crow WT.

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, PA 19131, USA.

    The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to determine if external manipulation of the cranium alters selected parameters of the cranial vault and base that can be visualized and measured on x-ray. Twelve adult patient charts were randomly selected to include patients who had received cranial vault manipulation treatment with a pre- and post-treatment x-ray taken with the head in a fixed positioning device. The degree of change in angle between various specified cranial landmarks as visualized on x-ray was measured. The mean angle of change measured at the atlas was 2.58 degrees, at the mastoid was 1.66 degrees, at the malar line was 1.25 degrees, at the sphenoid was 2.42 degrees, and at the temporal line was 1.75 degrees. 91.6% of patients exhibited differences in measurement at 3 or more sites. This study concludes that cranial bone mobility can be documented and measured on x-ray.

    PMID: 11831342 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    Proc Finn Dent Soc 1991;87(1):93-8 Related Articles, Books, LinkOut

    Cranial base and the growth of the cranial vault: an experimental study on the rabbit.

    Kantomaa T, Pirttiniemi P, Tuominen M.

    Department of Oral Development and Orthodontics, University of Oulu, Finland.

    Artificial premature synostoses of interparietal, temporoparietal and frontoparietal sutures was induced in 5-day-old rabbits in order to investigate the adaptive capacity of the synchondroseal cartilages. Ten control and 15 experimental animals were killed at the ages of 50 and 100 days. The lengths of occipital and sphenoid bones were significantly increased by 50 days but no longer at 100 days. The angle between the occipital and sphenoid bones was decreased and between the presphenoid and sphenoid bones increased by 50 and 100 days. The results indicate that the growth of the cranial base is to some extent adaptive to the growth of the neural tissues early in postnatal life, but as the growth of the cranial base synchondroses continues much longer than that of the brain the independent growth potential is manifest during the later period.

    PMID: 2057494 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    A tissue pressure model for palpatory perception of the cranial rhythmic impulse.

    Norton JM.

    Department of Physiology, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME 04005.

    A tissue pressure model was developed to provide a possible physiologic basis for the manifestation of the cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI). The model assumes that the sensation described as the CRI is related to activation of slowly adapting cutaneous mechanoreceptors by tissue pressures of both the examiner and the subject, and that the sources of change in these tissue pressures are the combined respiratory and cardiovascular rhythms of both examiner and subject. The model generates rhythmic impulses with patterns similar to those reported for the CRI. Also, a significant correlation was found between frequencies calculated from the model and published values for CRI obtained by palpation. These comparisons suggest that the CRI may arise in soft tissues and represents a complex interaction of at least four different physiologic rhythms.

    PMID: 1748583 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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