Institutional Research

The Research Department has continued to promote and organise research into manual therapy, including osteopathy, publishing research results in academic journals and making these insights more widely available.


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The ESO, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, is further developing the Touch Test initiative. This is with a view to build on the national research into people’s 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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This study aims to introduce tablet-based, handheld ultrasound devices as a tool to teach musculoskeletal (MSK) functional anatomy and to improve practitioner skills and student experience in this area. The objectives will be to evaluate the effectiveness of using handheld devices in the first and second year of anatomy education. The project will assess students’ knowledge of functional anatomy before and after the introduction of ultrasound. In addition, student satisfaction and experience will be evaluated around their anatomy teaching. This is a collaboration with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent and has been part-funded by the Medway Learning and Teaching Collaborative Projects Fund 2019-20.

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:

This study explores the use of a free Web 2.0 virtual noticeboard, as the basis for an online health community for patients managing their knee pain, offering a pragmatic approach to online self-management tools for this population. The functionality of the platform allows for the uploading and dissemination of materials amongst a select or wider peer-group. This also includes the scope to link to virtual education, provide peer support and allow for self-monitoring of rehabilitation progress to be shared, to encourage and motivate community members. Following a feasibility study, and recent funded Public Patient Involvement activities, the current scope is to develop a randomised control trial using the innovation with patients prior to knee replacement, to explore the effects on knee function, and progression to surgery as a secondary consideration. The constitution of the research team and application for further funding is now underway with the assistance of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


This is a collaborative project conducted by the European School of Osteopathy, University College London and The University of Manchester. The attitudes and experiences of allied health professionals (AHP) are really important to capture within this research; if you are part of the AHP network, your participation will be much appreciated.

The goals for this study are to:

– Create awareness and determine whether further education is required in undergraduate and postgraduate studies around the topic.

– Create the basis for further research exploring the best management approach for hypermobility patients from the perspective of all allied health professions.

– Provide knowledge of how other health professions manage patients to expand on referral pathways for those living with the conditions.

If  you are able to participate in this study, please read the information sheet, and consider completing the questionnaire (link below) which should take no longer than 15 minutes: