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Autism Study

Autism Study Outline

This study is part Iona Bramati Castellarin’s PhD research project at the University of Westminster in conjunction with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine on the effects of visceral osteopathy on autistic children. The project has been granted collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London and endorsed by the The National Autistic Society.

The study was designed to investigate the use of visceral osteopathic techniques* (abdominal massage) on the gut (Gastro-Intestinal system – GI system) function of children, aged between 3 1/2 and 8 years, who have been diagnosed autistic.

Previous studies have suggested that manual stimulation of the GI system may help to decrease inflammatory processes as well as promote a decrease in constipation, diarrhoea and bloating suffered by autistic children(25,26). It may also help to ameliorate some of the behavioural symptoms characteristic of autism.

Dra. Ioná Bramati Castellarin
Dra. Ioná Bramati Castellarin

Dr Ioná Bramati-Castellarin PhD, (Hons) Ost Med 

Conference, Publications & PressPublications

CASTELLARIN, I. B., DRYSDALE, I. & PATEL, V. 2013. 
Evaluation of behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in autistic children after visceral osteopathic treatment.
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16, e13-e14.

CASTELLARIN, I. B., F.HUCKLEBRIDGE, PATEL, V. I. & DRYSDALE,I.2010.
Effect of osteopathic treatment on the gastrointestinal system function of autistic children.
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2010, Page 120.


Conference Proceedings

Bramati-Castellarin I, Drysdale I. (2014)
Calprotectin, M2-PK and Lactoferrin concentrations in Autistic children suffering from Gastrointestinal symptoms measured before, during and after Visceral Osteopathic Techniques.
Proceedings International Conference Advances in Osteopathic Research. Sao Paulo Brazil, November 2014

Bramati-Castellarin I, Drysdale I. (2014)
Relationship between a biochemical marker and questionnaires in Autistic children suffering from GI dysfunction.
Proceedings International Conference Advances in Osteopathic Research. Sao Paulo Brazil, November 2014

Bramati-Castellarin, I. & Drysdale I.
Evaluation of behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in autistic children after visceral osteopathic treatment.
Proceedings ICAOR9, International Conference of Osteopathic Research, September 2012 – London, UK

Bramati-Castellarin, I. Patel, V.I & Drysdale I.
Role of osteopathy on the treatment of autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal problems.
Proceedings ID’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), April 2012 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Bramati-Castellarin, I. & Drysdale I.
Visceral Osteopathy in children with autism.
Proceedings 1st International Congress of Osteopathy, February 2011 – Lisbon, Portugal

Bramati-Castellarin, I. & Drysdale I.
Effect of osteopathic treatment on the gastrointestinal system function of autistic children.
Proceedings ICAOR8, International Conference of Osteopathic Research, May 2010 – Milan, Italy

Bramati-Castellarin, I. & Drysdale I.
Effect of osteopathic treatment on the gastrointestinal system function of Autistic children.
Poster Presentation at the National Autistic Society 2008 International Conference, September 2008 – London, UK

Effect of Visceral Osteopathy on the gastrointestinal abnormalities in children with autistic disorders.
3rd International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research, 16th – 17th February 2002 


Prizes

Elsevier/International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
New Researcher award – ICAOR10 – Sao Paulo – Brazil 2014 


Press


Yoga Magazine, Bodywork by Katrine Repka, Issue 71, December 2008

Baby Therapies, Cranial craze, article by Sophia Hesselgren, The Spectator, May 2008

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 5, Number1, April 2002

Osteopathy Today, British Osteopathic Association, April 2002, Volume 8.04

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 6, Number 2, October 2003