Name of treatment


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 a high-quality study
Verdict: Safety. Is this treatment harmful?


Regarded as safe

Verdict: Efficacy. Does this treatment work?


No evidence of an effect


[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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Updated 15 April 2019

Information currently under review April 2022