The rate of childhood and adolescent obesity is going up rapidly as experts predicted a few years ago. Despite current health treatments and therapeutic updates, the numbers continue to progress even as we speak.
Researchers and healthcare experts have looked deep into the root causes of this growing pandemic condition. Some blame poor parenting and poverty, while many associate it to heredity and the current health trends being set by present generations. For whatever reasons, society has accepted all these probable causes, but the problem here is most of us have not yet found a solution to it.
A previous research in the field of osteopathy suggests a direct and immediate solution to obesity especially in children.
Osteopathy is the science of manipulating muscles, joints, tissues and internal organs to help promote proper blood and body fluid circulation. The treatment is implemented by an osteopathic doctor, who is in a lot of ways similar to an MD and with the same general roles and responsibilities as well. The concept involves the treatment of bones, joints, muscles and tissues in the whole body by locating and treating lesions and structural displacement in order to address and cure current physical conditions.
The concept of applying osteopathy in the treatment of obesity has not yet gained the favor of public majority, but many experts are open to the possible benefits of the treatment.
Since obesity begins with the organs, which is usually known as visceral obesity, an osteopathic treatment is aimed to initially address the main reasons for increased body weight and BMI or body mass index. Patients undergo a series of examinations and inpatient-obesity-treatment programs. The process is non-invasive and is not painful, as contrary to common notion.
A recent study conducted in Germany reports an average improvement 6.8% in the BMI of 40 plus adolescents undergoing 4-6 weeks of inpatient-obesity-treatment with further improvements after corresponding follow-up sessions.
While a lot of skepticism still revolves around this modern unconventional treatment, promising results are a good sign of probable success in osteopathy as a treatment for childhood obesity.
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