In the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) osteopathy appears to provide benefits just after one session and up to one year. A number of studies show improvement of symptoms and quality of life parameters, especially for sleep.

Moreover, Bjørnæs et al. (2017) suggest that most of the people are responsive to OMT.

Osteopathic treatment may also reduce the amount of drug intake, as patients reported a lower need of specific medications (PPI, H2).

Bjørnæs et al. (2019) suggest that highest outcomes are achieved after three treatments with an interval of 48 hours.

Studies suggest that osteopathic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux might be an alternative to medications and, maybe, surgery. In fact, several patients were symptoms free after osteopathic treatment, with general improvement of 30% – 75%

Bjørnæs, K., Larsen, S., Elvbakken, G., Dalhoei, B., & Garberg, T. (2019). Osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) in treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Clinical Practice. 16(3), 1109-1115

The findings of this review are encouraging; suggesting that osteopathic treatment may have some effects on anxiety, fear avoidance, quality of life and general health status in populations living with persistent pain.

Two studies out of five reported significant differences in depression; in regards to anxiety, all the four trials found significant effects; two out of three trials reported a significant reduction in fear avoidance while six out of seven trials found a significant enhancement of health status and three out of four found an increase in quality of life. 

Saracutu, M., Rance, J., Davies, H., & Edwards, D. (2018). The effects of osteopathic treatment on psychosocial factors in people with persistent pain: A systematic review. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 27, 23-33.