What's wrong with osteopathy?

MacMillan, A and Thomson, O P (2023) What's wrong with osteopathy? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. ISSN 1746-0689

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Abstract This commentary critically examines the foundational assumptions, practices and claimed distinctiveness upon which osteopathy was built and continues to be structured. Five areas which are considered to be highly problematic for osteopathy, namely its weak theoretical basis, inherent biomedicalism, monointerventionism, default practitioner-centredness and predilection for implausible mechanisms. It is argued that these areas require considerable reflection and action as if not remedied, they constitute a major threat to the development, unity and legitimacy of the osteopathic profession. Ongoing reconceptualisation of underpinning theories, assumptions and associated skills informed by current evidence and knowledge from disciplines outside of the osteopathic domain is necessary for professional maturation. Keywords Osteopathic medicine Musculoskeletal manipulations Professional identity Manual therapy Manipulative therapies

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Wahida Jebi
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2023 13:30
URI: https://uco.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/183

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