The Virtues of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
As America continues to face the opioid epidemic, numerous people have made great strides in receiving formal treatment for their opioid use disorder (OUD). This research seeks to examine the effects of providing osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) along with traditional OUD pharmacological methods in providing results for patients. By using prior research on OMT techniques, we were able to uncover how effective OMT can be in reducing the time and discomfort associated with seeking opioid recovery. Osteopathic manipulative treatment, in combination with traditional pharmacology, was associated with reduction of somatic pain, higher success with medication-assisted treatment and lower costs. This research also highlights the importance of OMT in the era of COVID-19 social distancing, as well as special considerations when treating those with trauma histories associated with their disorder. We argue the benefit of OMT in combination with pharmacological methods can be successful at reducing the overall burden of prior OUDs.