Osteopathic treatment to patients with primary dysmenorrhea

Pirritano, Rosette (2004) Osteopathic treatment to patients with primary dysmenorrhea. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


The aim of this study is to study whether the pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea as well as the amount of medication used can be reduced via the application of osteopathic techniques including muscle energy technique, high velocity low amplitude technique and visceral manipulation. Twenty (N=20) female participants aged between 18 and 25 were recruited into the study via notices displayed around the Victoria University teaching clinic. Participants were randomly allocated to either an experimental group or control group. Baseline menstrual pain scores were obtained from both groups using the Mankoski pain scale. The control group rated their pain for three cycles without receiving any treatment. The experimental group received one treatment per cycle for three cycles between days 8-10 of their menstrual cycle. Tha Mankoski pain scale was used to rate the pain experienced each cycle. Medication diaries were kept by both groups. Within the limitations of the study, the results support the hypothesis that osteopathic treatment can decrease the pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea as well as the amount of medication taken. The results of this study present valuable outcomes for women with primary dysmenorrhea and osteopaths wishing to provide relief to such patients. However, further research is needed to establish whether or not the benefits are lasting. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/864
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Osteopathy Masters Project, dysmenorrhea, osteopathic treatment, menstrual pain
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