This study is part of Dr Iona Bramati-Castellarin’s PhD research project at the University of Westminster in conjunction with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine on the effects of visceral osteopathy on autistic children. The project has been granted collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London and endorsed by the The National Autistic Society.
The study was designed to investigate the use of visceral osteopathic techniques* (abdominal massage) on the gut (Gastro-Intestinal system – GI system) function of children, aged between 3 1/2 and 8 years, who have been diagnosed autistic.
Previous studies have suggested that manual stimulation of the GI system may help to decrease inflammatory processes as well as promote a decrease in constipation, diarrhoea and bloating suffered by autistic children(25,26). It may also help to ameliorate some of the behavioural symptoms characteristic of autism.
Please note that the research references below are pilot studies. There is a need for larger trials to confirm these findings.
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