Current Research

Osteopathic research in Germany is organized by the Akademie für Osteopathie e.V. (AFO, Academy for Osteopathy). This association mentors osteopaths who want to write a D.O. thesis and also manages the published results of these studies. Below, you find a list of the disorders and subjects that have been investigated in Germany in finished D.O. theses up to the present. Abstracts to many studies can be found on the website of the AFO:

Internal Organs

  • Three month colic
  • Non-bacterial prostatitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Disturbance of bladder voiding
  • Urge and stress incontinence
  • Small intestine
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Liver
  • Myoma
  • Kidney
  • Irritable bowel
  • Cecum


  • ADHD
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyperacusis
  • Esotropia
  • Temporomandibular joint
  • Congenital torticollis
  • Poor reading and spelling
  • Migraines
  • Presbyopia
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Tourette Syndrome

Locomotor System

  • Achilles tendon irritation
  • Coxarthrosis
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Hip dysplasia during infancy
  • Knee pain
  • Lumbar disk surgery
  • Lumbalgia
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis elbow
  • Cervicalgia


  • Dyspareunia
  • Pregnancy


  • Down syndrome
  • Hypertonicity
  • Secondary Lymphedema
  • Atopical dermatitis


For the past few years, I have personally been mentoring a number of colleagues in the process of writing a D.O. thesis:

Mentorship in scientific research to obtain the title "D.O." from the Academy for Osteopathy (AFO):

Burkhardt D., Mahler R., Schuff I.

Are osteopathic treatments able to jaffect the clinical picture of hpyeracusis?

Conrad U., Scheuer K.

Can osteopathic treatments contribute to an improvement of miction disorders (LUTS) in benign prostate hyperplasia?

Wendel J., Rudisch B., Berger G.

The osteopathic treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Schulz P., Servatius C., Martin M.

Can osteopathy make a specific contribution to improving the pathology of obstipation?

Bültmann A., Webb R.

The relationship of the urinary bladder and its lateral ligamentous attachments. A basic anatomical study.