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Efficacy of the Osteopathic Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease

1 ORCIDAndrea Bergna, 1 ORCIDElena Zanfagna, 1 ORCIDAlessia Ballabio, 1 ORCIDAndrea Vendramini, 2 ORCIDLivio Claudio Bressan, 3 ORCIDUmberto Solimene

1 SOMA Istituto Osteopatia Milano, Institute of Osteopath, Milan, Italy
2 Bassini Hospital, Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale, Milan, Italy
3 Milan State University, World Federation of Hydrotherapy «FEMTEC», Milan, Italy


Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Severalstudies were carried out in time on osteopathic treatments in patients with PD, demonstrating an improved motor function, albeit shortlived. Our trial was aimed at assessing the potential efficacy of the Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) on mobility, posture, and gaitin patients with moderate PD, as well as the importance of “taking charge” of the patient for the Quality of Life (QoL) of individuals with PD.Materials and methods. 32 subjects aged 76±7.284 were divided in two groups: group B (n=17) received the OMT, followed by theSHAM treatment; group A (n=15) received the SHAM treatment, then the OMT. The study was designed as a nine-week cross-over trial,with group cross-overperformed after a one-week wash-out. All the subjects underwent a baseline neurological blind evaluation atfour weeks and post cross-over. The ADL, IADL, GDS, and GPE scales were also administered.Results. 16 subjects completed the study, 32 subjects participated in the first four weeks only. An improvement of the mean and standarddeviation parameters was observed in the UPDRS and the TUG test in patients receiving the OMT. A decrease of the dysfunctiondegree was observed in both groups upon the osteopathic evaluation.Conclusions. The data show the potential usefulness of the OMT in PD with respect to stiffness, mobility, posture and where the patientis taken charge of. Further studies will be needed to disprove the goal of the trial.

Ключевые слова: Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), Quality of Life (QoL)

Для цитирования: Andrea Bergna, Elena Zanfagna, Alessia Ballabio, Andrea Vendramini, Livio Claudio Bressan, Umberto Solimene. Efficacy of the Osteopathic Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease. Bulletin of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2021; 20 (2): 88-93. https://doi.org/10.38025/2078-1962-2021-20-2-88-93

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