“The problem of antimicrobial resistance is here to stay because the natural adaptive response of microorganisms is to develop resistance. New approaches must be developed to enhance antimicrobial stewardship. The evidence indicates that adjunctive OMT can enhance the human immune system, shorten the duration of antibiotic therapy, and improve outcomes”
Noll (2016) The Potential of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Narrative Review Donald R. Noll, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association September 2016 | Vol 116 | No. 9. http://jaoa.org/ on 11/09/2017
Concerns are growing about antimicrobial resistance. There is growing understanding that we need to minimise antimicrobial resistance by avoiding antibiotic overuse and misuse.
This article reviews how Osteopathic treatment alongside conventional treatment is useful in helping patients to better recover from some infectious diseases. One of the principles of osteopathy is helping support and enhance our immune system to help the body heal itself where possible.
Interestingly, when the osteopathic profession began over 100 years ago, infectious diseases were a major cause of death. The death of 3 of his children from such a disease was a big factor for Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy, in developing a system of manual medicine to help improve blood supply, oxygenation, nutrition and drainage and so help the body fight infectious diseases.