Coursework - Pediatrics

Peds is one of the places where OMM can have the largest impact on your patient's health for years to come

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Patients with Down Syndrome - From the British Osteopathic Journal, By Nicholas J.R. Handoll

Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pediatric Patients With Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial - a JAOA publication.  [Note that one of the authors on this case is an MD who realized the value in OMM and learned it to treat children]

Treating Sinusitis In Children - from the JAOA. [PDF]

A Historic Video of Viola Frymann, DO, FAAO performing OMM on children.


 The Osteopathic Center for Children 

Selected Topics from the Osteopathic Center for Children in California:

Specific Techniques

Respiratory Tricks:

With children with respiratory issues, decreased vital capacity and smaller bronchioles make some illnesses more severe than in adults.   This is why bronchiolitis is such a serious issue in infants, while RSV infections are benign in most of the adult population.  Regular manipulation works great -- but sometimes it's HARD to get the kids to hold still!  Two easy techniques that the kids love:

* By doing a modified pedal pump and bouncing superiorly on the soles of the feet, the intestines will do the work of redoming the abdominal diaphragm for you.

* Likewise, bouncing a baby on your knee will have the same effect.