Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
Master of Science
Field of Study
Clinical Research and Education: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Janice Thomas, D.O., M.S. Immediate Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments on Immune Function in a Healthy Population: A Pilot Study. Master of Science (Clinical Research and Education – OMM), May 2006, 75 pp, 3 tables, 5 figures, 66 references, 24 titles. Objectives: The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the immediate effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) on immune function in a healthy population. Methods: This was a randomized, blinded and controlled clinical trial. 50 healthy individuals, ages 18 to 40, were recruited. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of two groups: OMT or Rest (control). Blood and saliva samples were collected pre and post-intervention (thirty minutes of OMT or Rest). Samples were analyzed for a CBC, salivary IgA, and various lymphocyte populations. Results: This study successfully demonstrated the feasibility of this protocol. No statistically significant differences in outcome measures were identified between the two groups, nor were any apparent trends identified. Conclusion: This study established a framework for future research investigating the effects OMT on acute and chronic infection, chronic pain, and immunocompromised populations in human and/or animal populations.
John, J. T.
"Immediate Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments on Immune Function in a Healthy Population: A Pilot Study" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;