The Somatic Connection  |   May 2018
Osteopathic Manipulation Shown to Improve Upper Airway Stabilization
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   May 2018
Osteopathic Manipulation Shown to Improve Upper Airway Stabilization
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2018, Vol. 118, 348a-349. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.070
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2018, Vol. 118, 348a-349. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.070
Jacq O, Arnulf I, Similowski T, Attali V. Upper airway stabilization by osteopathic manipulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion versus sham manipulation in OSAS patients: a proof-of-concept, randomized, crossover, double-blind, controlled study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017;17(1):546. doi:10.1186/s12906-017-2053-0 
Researchers in the Department of Sleep Medicine at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, evaluated the effect of osteopathic manipulation on upper airway stabilization in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In this proof-of-concept crossover study, 9 patients (7 men, 2 women) were randomly assigned to active manipulation (AM) or sham manipulation (SM). Some patients received the AM at visit 1 and PM at visit 3, and others received PM at visit 1 and AM at visit 3. Each patient was his or her own control. 

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