Patients with autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have abnormal social interaction, communication and imagination. Recent theories discovered a possible link between autism and gastrointestinal dysfunction such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating. Aside from conventional treatment, osteopathic treatment can help improve the digestive symptoms.

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Castellarina IB, Drysdalea I, Patelb V

Published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine Volume 16, Issue 1, March , Pages e13–e14 2013

The experimental hypothesis has been supported indicating a positive effect of Visceral Osteopathic Treatment (VOT) on the measured symptoms and behavioural patterns of Autistic children. This data indicates that the use of VOT on GI function may be of benefit to autistic children.