Osteopathic Case Studies

One of the earliest case studies involving Osteopathy happened in 1918. During this time, there was a devastating influenza outbreak that caused the deaths of three million people worldwide. The average mortality rate for patients during the two years beginning in 1917 was between thirty and forty percent.

However, the hospitals in the US who employed Osteopaths had a mortality rate of less than one percent.

In the following paragraphs, you will see more examples of cases involving Osteopathic medicine. They are written as summaries of actual documented cases.


Epilepsy James Ball was diagnosed, in early 2006, with epilepsy. He was given medication to halt his seizures, but the seizures continued. James was having as many as 15 seizures per day. In June, he was taken to see an Osteopath. The very next day, James had improvements in his condition. After regular visits for Osteopathic treatments, he stopped having the seizures. James is currently still on medication, but doctors are considering taking him off.

Hyperactivity Emily Savins was a hyperactive child and was also plagued with a learning disorder. At the age of 6, she started receiving treatment from an Osteopath. Her parents state her hyperactivity is now controllable due to the treatments. They also claim she is more sociable and relaxed and has made more friends. Additional benefits to the treatments include an improvement in Emily’s eczema and the fact that she no longer walks in her sleep.

Crying baby Emma Williams, at 2 months old, was screaming all day long. She would even wake up during the night and cry for several hours. Her parents were becoming desperate for some help, so they took Emma to see a DO. After examination, the doctor reported that Emma had tension in her left hip, her groin, and at the top of her neck. The doctor surmised this may have occurred due to her traumatic birth. The parents brought Emma back a week after her treatment with favorable results. The screaming had discontinued.

Stress Simon was always shouting. Over the past 15 years, he has felt lots of pent up emotions, an intolerance of others, and a great deal of tension. Following three visits with an Osteopath, Simon states he has never felt better. He has calmed down and is a much more relaxed individual.

Neck injury Andie was experiencing pain in her right shoulder and some numbness of her right hand. Upon further investigation, the DO discovered Andie had a neck injury several years ago. Over the years, her neck injury had caused some dizziness and black outs. To aid with those problems, her regular doctor had prescribed the use of a neck collar for her to wear at night.

The DO asked Andie to have an X-ray and MRI done to ensure there were no complications from the accident. Once confirmed, he started performing treatments to improve her spinal movement. After several treatments, Andie no longer needs the neck brace and the numbness has disappeared. The DO also prescribed some stretching exercises to improve her shoulder problems.

Traumatic birth Milly, just 3 weeks old, was constipated and displayed distress during her feeding times. Whenever she cried, the sounds were muffled and almost sounded like a kitten. Upon further investigation, the Osteopath discovered her mother had a very difficult delivery. Milly had come out facing the wrong direction and, to make matters worse, had the cord wrapped around her neck. The DO examined the baby and found numerous twists and imbalances throughout her body.

Her forehead was congested and there was noticeable tension in her shoulders, neck, and abdomen. The doctor provided treatment by using non-invasive cranial and paediatric techniques to reduce the twists and tension in Milly’s body. After five weekly treatments, Milly had improved tremendously. The tension was gone and her cry returned to a normal level. She was also eating normally and had regular bowel movements.

Dizziness Carlie had been experiencing dizziness for about six months. The DO examined her and discovered a large amount of tension in her upper back and neck. This tension was affecting the nerves and causing a problem with balance. After three weeks of treatment and some additional stress relieving exercises, Carlie’s problem disappeared.

Facts provided by these case studies are relative to the positive effect of Osteopathic treatment. They show how a DOs focus on the root cause of problems can help patients, even when drugs cannot. No one is claiming that Osteopathy should replace conventional medicine, only that in many cases, it may be a better choice for treatment. When used in combination, Osteopathy and conventional medicine together can provide you with good results.