Study of the Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Pregnant Women
The purpose of this study is to determine whether osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT):
- decreases pain and improves physical functioning in women during the third trimester of pregnancy
- decreases complications during obstetrical delivery
- improves quality of life in the post-partum period
Low Back Pain
Procedure: Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Pilot Clinical Trial of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in Pregnancy|
- Visual analogue scale for pain, Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, and SF-12 Health Status Survey during third trimester of pregnancy and continuing six weeks post-partum
- Occurrence of premature labor and delivery as well as obstetrical complications during delivery
|Study Start Date:||July 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2006|
Women experience multiple changes in their anatomy and physiology during pregnancy that may cause pain and adversely affect quality of life. Additionally, about ten percent of women will experience signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia or pre-term labor during their first pregnancy.
Preliminary studies of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) have demonstrated a decrease in pain during pregnancy, although the mechanisms responsible for this effect are unclear.
Another theory is that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) may help normalize sympathetic outflow, thereby minimizing pregnancy complications. A recently published retrospective study also suggests that pregnant women receiving osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) may be at lower risk for pre-term delivery and the presence of meconium during delivery.
|United States, Texas|
|Osteopathic Research Center|
|Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76107|
|Principal Investigator:||John C. Licciardone, D.O., M.S.||Osteopathic Research Center|