In this pilot study, we examined the efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for improving symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD) to determine a correlation between overall improvement in health and quality of life for first responders. Participants received weekly OMT or sham OMT targeting autonomic imbalance. Indicators of SAD were examined pre- and post-study. Overall, this pilot study suggests improvement in both the social-psychological (mental) self-assessments, and alterations in SAD-associated biomarkers from OMT.
OMT, osteopathic medicine, anxiety, depression
Abraham C, Sloan SN, Coker C, Freed B, McAuliffe M, Nielsen H, Riscoe T, Steele R, Dettwiler A, Oberley G, Zaremski K, Joy K, Selby A, Wells-Lewis R, Creamer BA. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as an Intervention to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in First Responders: A Pilot Study. Missouri Medicine. 2021; 118(5).