Patients needed for osteopathic research

To find out more and to see how you could get involved please click on the title below.

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Current projects needing patient participation

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The ESO, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, are further developing the Touch Test initiative. This is with a view to build on the national research into peoples’ preferences around touch, to explore how patients seeking a touch-based therapy, such as osteopathy, show certain attitudes and characteristics around tactile contact.

The study is now looking to recruit patients – for further details please review this information sheet.

If you wish to take part, the questionnaire can be accessed via this link, or  if you have a smartphone, you scan the code below:

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We are pleased to announce that our exciting collaborative research study, CUTIES, will relaunch this October; CUTIES (Crying, Unsettled, DisTressed Infants: Effectiveness Study) is an international research project looking at the effect of osteopathic intervention on babies who are unsettled, distressed and cry excessively (often referred to as babies with colic or silent reflux). Each participant will receive two consultations free of charge, provided by an experienced osteopathic practitioner. In return, we are asking the parent to complete paperwork for us; two questionnaires (which can be completed online) plus a diary of how often baby is crying.

Consultations will take place on Wednesday mornings. The first consultation will take place at the ESO Clinic in Maidstone with Claire Piper. The follow-up session will take place a week later with Louise Bolton at her private osteopathic practice in Kings Hill – participants must be able and prepared to travel in order to participate.

The criteria for those interested in taking part:-

  • Baby must be aged between 1 and 10 weeks
  • Baby will have been crying for over 3 hours per day for more than 3 days in the last week
  • Baby will be considered difficult to console
  • The accompanying parent must be over 18 years of age

Further information can be found here.

If you would be interested in taking part and you, and baby, meet the criteria please email with your name and contact details. A member of the research team will be in touch to answer any questions you may have.

This is a collaboration with the University of Kent exploring the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s Disease. This research aims to study the progression of biomarker levels, physical function, cognition, Quality of Life (QoL) and mood in order to compare their rate of change over time and between people with Parkinson’s Disease, undertaking regular organised exercise, and healthy older adults.

For further details, or indication of participation, please contact: Anna Ferrusola-Pastrana, Email: