Name of treatment

Osteopathy

Type of treatment Complementary therapy
Claims for treatment

Reduces/eliminates the tinnitus percept

How treatment is delivered Manual manipulation 
Potential negative consequences Cost; Generally regarded as safe [1]

Evidence offered

Papers available ~ 20 in PubMed (1948 – 2012)
Conclusions drawn The very limited evidence does not demonstrate that osteopathy offers a significant improvement in tinnitus distress.
Quality of evidence [2] E
Does the BTA recommend this treatment? No
BTA opinion on this treatment Although independent evidence is very limited, what there is does not show that osteopathy is effective for tinnitus. Further research is required.
Would the BTA support further studies into this treatment? Yes, if high quality study
Verdict

No evidence of effect, no evidence of harm 

[1]  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/osteopathy/Pages/safety.aspx

[2] A = Systematic review/meta analysis. B = Randomised control studies. C = Cohort studies. D = Case control studies. E = case studies/reports. +/- to be used to indicate quality within bands

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