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