The effectiveness of hydrotherapy and suboccipital inhibition in the treatment of insomnia.

Title

The effectiveness of hydrotherapy and suboccipital inhibition in the treatment of insomnia.

Author(s)

Torti, Ariana

Abstract

Background Insomnia is postulated to stem from a central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. It is associated with reduced quality of life (QoL) and increased risks of comorbidities across all ages. This under-recognised public health issue remains under-treated. Naturopathic osteopathy may offer safe alternatives to hypnotic drugs which have shown serious side effects.
Objectives The current study sought to evaluate whether suboccipital inhibition (SI) and hydrotherapy were effective in the treatment of insomnia.
Methods This was a randomised, unblinded, cross-over trial conducted at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London. This research aimed to collect repeated self-assessed scores of the insomnia severity index questionnaire (ISI) and the visual analogue scale (VAS) following hydrotherapy and suboccipital inhibition (SI). A cohort of 30 symptomatic participants aged 20 to 61 were recruited to take part in this study and were acting as their own control. The 10-minute interventions consisted of three sessions of hydrotherapy in water at 41-43 degrees Celsius and three sessions of suboccipital inhibition (SI) lying on a plinth. The outcome measures were the insomnia severity index questionnaire (ISI) and the visual analogue scale (VAS) scores. Results ISI and VAS scores were analysed to compare repeated participants’ assessments of their insomnia pre- and post-intervention. The present study findings show no statistically significant change in the ISI and the VAS for SI or hydrotherapy.
Conclusions Future studies supported with objective measurements are indicated to investigate the dose of treatment that may raise effectiveness.

presented at

Date Accepted

2018

Date Submitted

9.11.2018 12:08:49

Type

osteo_thesis

Language

English

Number of pages

64

Submitted by:

4457

Pub-Identifier

16210

Inst-Identifier

1076

Keywords

Fibromyalgia; hydrotherapy; insomnia; insomnia severity index; sleep quality; suboccipital inhibition; visual analogue scale

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Torti, Ariana, “The effectiveness of hydrotherapy and suboccipital inhibition in the treatment of insomnia.”, Osteopathic Research Web, accessed July 3, 2022, https://www.osteopathic-research.com/s/orw/item/2141