The OIA Global Report: Global Review of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy 2020

The OIA Board of Directors is proud to offer The OIA Global Report:  Global Review of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy 2020.   This report is an update of our 2013 Global Report and illustrates the growth of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy in the past seven years. 

The report is presented in four parts:

Summary Document:  Provides the highlights of the full report
Part I:  The Status of Osteopathic Healthcare Worldwide – A Survey of OIA Members
Part II:  A Profile of Osteopathic Healthcare – A Review of Literature
Part III:  Osteopathy Evidence and Safety Summary

Download the 2020 Osteopathy and Osteopathic Medicine Summary
Download the 2020 Osteopathy and Osteopathic Medicine


A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension–Type Headaches


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effects of osteopathic treatment and progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) exercises on patients with tension-type headache (TTH).

BACKGROUND: Relaxation is generally accepted as a treatment for TTH. Osteopathy is considered by some practitioners to be useful for headache management but there is limited scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness. This study compares relaxation and relaxation plus selected osteopathic techniques in the treatment of people with TTH.

Osteopathy: The Structure of Your Body’s Pain

The source of your symptoms may not be what you think

The word osteopathy originates from the two Greek words “osteone,” which means structure, and “pathos,” which means pain. Osteopathic treatment is based on the concept that the structure of the body affects how it will function and that it functions as a unified whole. In other words, if there is a problem or restriction in one part of the body, then all the other parts are affected in some way and often there is pain. Osteopathy uses gentle, manual techniques to release these restrictions so normal function can ensue and the pain is decreased or eliminated.