COVID-19 an Osteopathic Response

During the past weeks the authorities have largely closed down operations both private and public in order to prevent the spread of the infection, but have largely offered no advice as regards what the general public can do in order to best improve health. It is the purpose of this document to provide some measure of useful information that the lay person can undertake that is both simple, reliable and has been shown in the past to be successful. In the eyes of the law, the Osteopathy Act of 1993, Osteopaths are classified as Primary Healthcare Practitioners which puts us on a par with doctors meaning we have a valuable part to play in the health of the Nation.

There have been many episodes in our history where the world has been gripped by the so-called pandemics (Spanish ‘flu’, SARS, 2009 Swine ‘flu H1N1, 1997)

In 1918-19 the Spanish ‘flu (H1N1), it is estimated to have caused the deaths of between 20-40 million worldwide. It is this pandemic that is particularly important from our point of view as osteopaths as this has well documented evidence from an osteopathic treatment and outcome point of view.

At the time if the patient was treated by a doctor, they were prescribed Aspirin (having just been invented) cough syrup and advised to bed rest. The mortality rate was 6% which coincidentally is the mortality rate of the current outbreak. At the time in the US, the American Osteopathic Association urged its members to treat and collate details of the patients treated for the ‘flu. The number of osteopaths involved was 2,445 and collated treatments were to 110,112 people. The mortality rate was 0.25%. One of the few osteopathic medical hospitals, 400-bed Massachusetts Osteopathic Hospital, in Boston, also reported a mortality of 0.25% for that period. If the patient subsequently developed pneumonia – treated by a doctor 35% died, treated by an osteopath less than 10% died. It must be emphasised the particular 'flu' virus was a different strain to the current variant  and  the osteopathic treatment was given in the early stages of development of the condition over 2-3 days.

Ref: The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2013, Vol. 113, 703-707. doi:

I want to re-assure patients that I will endeavour to keep the clinic functioning, albeit with reduced services, as much as possible. If you have any questions then please feel free to email or phone the clinic on (01296) 423331.

Best of health
Richard Downes
Registered osteopath

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