Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment protocol on balance in the elderly

Daniel Lopez, Hollis King, Janice Knebl, Victor Kosmopoulos, Deraan Collins, Rita M. Patterson

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Abstract

The results show that the OMT protocol employed in the present study improved the postural stability of healthy elderly patients as measured by the force platform in the AP and ML directions. The reduction in AP direction sway, is particularly important because of the greater likelihood of falls associated with AP instability. However, further study is required to demonstrate the correlation between OMT reduced sway observed in this study and fewer falls in the elderly. Nevertheless, it is promising that in both AP and ML directions, the OMT group showed changes in a short 4 week time period towards decreased sway (positive changes from week 1) and therefore towards improved balance and posture. Improved postural stability in elderly patients may have a significant impact in healthcare and the economy because of a reduction in the morbidity and mortality associated with falls in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011
Pages1223-1224
Number of pages2
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
EventASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011 - Farmington, PA, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201125 Jun 2011

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NameASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011
NumberPARTS A AND B

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OtherASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityFarmington, PA
Period22/06/1125/06/11

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Lopez, D., King, H., Knebl, J., Kosmopoulos, V., Collins, D., & Patterson, R. M. (2011). Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment protocol on balance in the elderly. In ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 1223-1224). (ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2011; No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2011-53031