Effect of osteopathic medical management on neurologic development in children

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1992 Jun;92(6):729-44.


For 3 years, children between 18 months and 12 years of age with and without recognized neurologic deficits were studied at the Osteopathic Center for Children. Their response to 6 to 12 osteopathic manipulative treatments directed to all areas of impaired inherent physiologic motion was estimated from changes in three sensory and three motor areas of performance. Houle's Profile of Development was used to compare neurologic with chronologic age and rate of development, and scores were age-adjusted. Results in children after treatment were compared with those following a waiting period without treatment. Neurologic performance significantly improved after treatment in children with diagnosed neurologic problems and to a lesser degree in children with medical or structural diagnoses. The advances in neurologic development continued over a several months' interval. The results support the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment as part of pediatric healthcare based on osteopathic medical philosophy and principles.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child Behavior Disorders / therapy*
  • Child Development
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developmental Disabilities / psychology
  • Developmental Disabilities / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Osteopathic Medicine / methods*
  • Research Design