Author: Melanie Boltje
Supervisor: Rolf Sukowski
In this thesis, the design of protocol for a clinical study is presented. The study’s sample are tinnitus patients in acute or chronic stages plus healthy subjects, all being split into a control group, a placebo and an intervention group and examined from an osteopathic perspective. Thereafter, the intervention group will be treated osteopathically with focus on the patients fascial systems. The placebo groups receives treatments as well but with no medical effect, here by using a switched-off ultrasound device. The control group will get no medical treatment. The relief of tinnitus discomfort caused by the osteopathic treatment is measured with a linear regression to verify the expected relationship. In addition, an explorative factorial analysis is applied to gain insight about effects causal to the severity of the tinnitus illness (stages).
The aim of the study: Objective of this work is to demonstrate the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment with a focus on the fascial osteopathic treatment and a possible connection between tinnitus aurium and changes in the fascial areas.
Study design: A randomized controlled clinical trial.
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