A Legacy in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Research

“Well, let’s say I am not by nature a researcher. I wasn’t trained to be a researcher. That was never my intention, but research has always been thrust upon me.” — Dr. Frymann

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Dig On

The quote above is an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Frymann. She was reflecting on the teachings of Dr. William Garner Sutherland after the loss of an infant patient. She went on to say, “I was determined that I was going to evaluate enough babies to demonstrate to me whether what he said was true or not. So, that was how research project number one got started.”

It is upon Dr. Frymann’s curious foundation that we continue this work today.  We at the Osteopathic Center for Children and Osteopathy’s Promise to Children believe research is an integral part of osteopathic medicine Not only do we strive to practice and teach evidence-based medicine, but our organization is committed to expanding the body of research supporting osteopathic medicine, especially in caring for pediatric patients.   We must always stay curious, ask questions, and dig a little deeper in order to provide the best care for our patients. In fact, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, said in his personal writings that “D.O. means “Dig On.”  We are committed to embracing this philosophy through this work.

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Current Study Looking for Participants

Researchers at Osteopathy’s Promise to Children are recruiting participants 4 months of age and younger who are diagnosed with plagiocephaly (flat head) for a research study that will examine how two different types of noninvasive therapies influence restoration of cranial symmetry and reduce flattening of the head. You can receive up to $550 and free Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for your participation.