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Effect of a general osteopathic treatment on body satisfaction, global self perception and anxiety: A randomized trial in asymptomatic female students

  • Pierre-Michel Dugailly
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    Corresponding author. Laboratory of Functional Anatomy (CP619), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium. Tel.: +32 (0) 2 555 63 27; fax: +32 (0) 2 555 63 78.
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    Laboratory of Functional Anatomy, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Department of Physical Rehabilitation, Unit for Osteopathic Treatment, Hôpital Erasme, Route de Lennik 806, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Research Unit in Osteopathy, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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  • Sébastien Fassin
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    Department of Physical Rehabilitation, Unit for Osteopathic Treatment, Hôpital Erasme, Route de Lennik 806, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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  • Laura Maroye
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    Laboratory of Functional Anatomy, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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  • Luc Evers
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    Department of Physical Rehabilitation, Unit for Osteopathic Treatment, Hôpital Erasme, Route de Lennik 806, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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  • Paul Klein
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    Research Unit in Osteopathy, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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  • Véronique Feipel
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    Laboratory of Functional Anatomy, Faculty of Motor Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
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Published:September 09, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2013.08.001

      Abstract

      Objective

      The objective of this study is to assess the effect of a single session of a general osteopathic treatment (OG) on several psychological features.

      Methods

      Thirty-four asymptomatic female volunteers (age) completed baseline auto-questionnaires about anxiety, body satisfaction and global self-perception. Then, they were randomly assigned to OG or to control group (restful state). Each intervention was performed during 30 min. After the session, psychological data were collected using the same auto-questionnaires. To test the effect of treatment we used ANOVA for repeated measures and compared changes over time between OG and control groups.

      Results

      At baseline, characteristics were comparable between groups. Following the intervention, we observed improvements in psychological state in both OG and control groups. Nevertheless, OG had a significant larger effect over restful state for anxiety and global self-perception (p < 0.02).

      Conclusions

      The present study suggests that an osteopathic approach using articular and soft tissue mobilisations has an effect, at least in the short term, on anxiety and global body perception. Further investigation is needed to confirm the relevance and broaden the scope of the present study.

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