The SCCO Data Collection

Research Report

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This SCCO research project was accepted by the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014 and published in 2015

Abstract Background:

There is very little published information on the practice of osteopaths using osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF) in the UK today.

Objectives:

To describe the practice of UK osteopaths using OCF who are affiliated with the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO); create a profile of their patients; their reasons for seeking treatment; the treatment approaches used; and reported responses to treatment. 

Conclusions:

The majority of patients were seeking a particular approach to osteopathic treatment. Babies or infants and those aged over 70 comprise a substantial group of patients. The majority of patients presented with musculoskeletal complaints. Adverse treatment reactions appeared to be transitory in nature. Many patients reported a significant reduction in symptom severity scores following an average of three treatments. Without a control group, we cannot attribute direct causality to this finding. Further testing of the patient-reported symptom severity Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) as a promising outcome tool in this context is warranted. 

The full article can be found here: 

http://www.journalofosteopathicmedicine.com/article/S1746-0689(14)00033-9/pdf