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B-25 osteopathic manipulative treatment improves non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease: A preliminary study

from Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

From Sept. 11: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by debilitating motor and non-motor symptoms. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) has been shown to alleviate stress, mood and sleep in musculoskeletal conditions and older adults, as well as improve gait and balance in PD and elderly patients, respectively. Research on the efficacy of OMT in reducing PD symptoms is lacking. Therefore, the aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate changes in mood, cognitive and motor symptoms in a sample of non-demented PD patients following six weeks of OMT. Sixteen non-demented individuals with PD received six weekly 30-minute OMT by an osteopathic physician. Participants were administered measures of cognition (Parkinson’s Disease-Cognitive Rating Scale; PD-CRS), anxiety (Geriatric Anxiety Inventory; GAI), sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index; PSQI), stress (Perceived Stress Scale; PSS), and motor function (Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale-Part 3) before and after treatment. Paired-samples t-tests were used to examine changes in symptoms pre and post-OMT. Results revealed significant improvement in cognition (PD-CRS; P = .015) and perceived stress (PSS; P = .02) from pre- to post-intervention. There was a trend towards improvement in anxiety (GAI; P = .064) and sleep quality (PSQI; P = .08). There was no change in motor symptoms from pre- to post-OMT (P = .56). Findings suggest that OMT may improve non-motor symptoms – particularly cognition and stress - in PD. Future research is needed to determine if these effects can be replicated within a randomized-control-trial and maintained over time. With further research, OMT may prove to be a beneficial non-invasive treatment for non-motor symptoms in PD. (This is a hyperlink to the abstract for this article. To view the full article, you will need to log in to the journal's website.) more

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