To complete my study of Osteopathy, I am required to conduct a research study to provide data on the efficacy of osteopathy. I chose to treat children with strabismus, commonly referred to as crossed eyes, to see if osteopathic treatment could help straighten their eyes.
I was very happy to have met 3 wonderful children between the ages of 2-6 years of age with crossed eyes that agreed to participate in this study. The amount of eye deviation was measured before and after 4 global osteopathic treatments. I am excited to say that there was an average improvement of 5.3 prism diopters.
Because there were not enough subjects for a fully-powered study, there was no statistical significance found.
I am excited (and a little nervous) to defend my thesis and share my results with a jury from the Canadian College of Osteopathy on November 4th, 2016. I anticipate having my designation as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner DO(MP) by early December 2016.