Many believe that osteopathic treatments are only effective for muscle and bones gave its name, but this isn’t the case at all. Using visceral techniques, an osteopathic practitioner is able to gently investigates where physical blockages might be in the gut and associated organs. These physical blocks can stop you from feeling better even when you’re eating the very best diet and taking the finest supplements.
Digestive problems can be the direct result of problems in the musculoskeletal system such as tight abdominal muscles, restrictions in spinal joints, interrupted nerve or blood supply and organ restrictions. These musculoskeletal problems can be caused by pregnancy, abdominal surgery falls, injury and trauma to the pelvis, back or ribs.
Osteopathic treatment will involve treating your symptoms by addressing muscle, joint and organ imbalances which may be causing your problems. The focus will be to restore adequate nerve and blood supply, normalize joint and organ function and reduce digestive symptoms. This may involve joint or organ manipulation, joint articulation, massage, stretching and strengthening muscles and ligaments and revolving any nerve irritation.
The most common digestive issues that I see are acid reflux, bloating and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).