Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Narrative Review

Raymond Li et al.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to impaired motor and non-motor function in patients. PD is non-curative and gradually reduces quality of life, leading patients to seek treatment for symptom management. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) applies the biomechanical, neurologic, circulatory, metabolic, and psychosocial models in approaching and treating the major symptomatology of PD patients.

… Autonomic instability is a major component of PD that affects all organ systems of the body yet is often under- diagnosed. OMT influences the autonomic nervous system (ANS) by increasing parasympathetic and decreasing sympathetic activity via a vagal response, leading to autonomic improvements.

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