Evidence for the Safety and Effectiveness of Osteopathy

Osteopathic Research

“89% of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms one week after osteopathic treatment and 93% reported an improvement in symptoms at six weeks post-treatment”

Patient Reported Outcome Measures, National Data Collection Study, National Council for Osteopathic Research, 2017

Data from the PROMs study shows that one week after treatment:

  • 8% of patients reported being completely recovered
  • 55% were much improved
  • 26% were slightly improved
  • 11% reported no change

At six weeks post-treatment:

  • 13% reported being completely recovered
  • 65% were much improved
  • 15% were slightly improved
  • Only 7% reported no change

If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s a link to the National Council for Osteopathic Research web page:


“Osteopathy is very safe, particularly when compared to many other interventions”

(Carnes et al 2009, Adverse Events in Manual Therapy)

Osteopaths have a very high level of training in therapeutic techniques, anatomy and medicine, and must continue to study throughout their career in order to maintain their professional status