Facial reconstruction

Search LJMU Research Online

Browse Repository | Browse E-Theses

The role of gentle touch in perinatal osteopathic manual therapy.

McGlone, FP and Cerritelli, F and Walker, SC and Esteves, J (2017) The role of gentle touch in perinatal osteopathic manual therapy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 72. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0149-7634

[img] Text
The role of gentle touch in perinatal osteopathic manual therapy..pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 11 May 2018.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (324kB)
[img] Image
Fig_1.pdf - Supplemental Material
Restricted to Repository staff only until 11 May 2018.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (40kB)
[img] Image
Fig_2.jpg - Supplemental Material
Restricted to Repository staff only until 11 May 2018.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (63kB)
[img] Image
Fig_3.pdf - Supplemental Material
Restricted to Repository staff only until 11 May 2018.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (196kB)

Abstract

Osteopathic medicine is a system of manual diagnosis and treatment. While there is growing evidence that osteopathy is effective in a range of clinical conditions, the underlying biological basis of its therapeutic effects remain largely unknown. Given that the sense of touch plays a critical role in osteopathy, in this perspective article, with a particular focus on perinatal care, we explore the potential mechanisms by which stimulation of the skin senses can exert beneficial physiological and psychological effects, aiding growth and development. We propose that a class of low threshold mechanosensitive c-fibre, named c-tactile afferents, which respond optimally to gentle, slow moving touch are likely to play a direct and significant role in the efficacy of manual therapies. A greater understanding of the impact the type and quality of touch plays in therapeutic tactile interventions and in particular the neuroscience underpinning these effects will aid the development of more targeted, population specific interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Related URLs:
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 13:12
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.11.009
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4930

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item