Osteopathy Treating Digestive Issues

Osteopathy is an alternative to conventional medical treatment that mainly emphasizes on muscles, tissues and bone health. Osteopathic practitioners employ micro-invasive and non-invasive procedures like massage, tissue manipulation and mobilization along with other physical techniques to restore musculoskeletal health. However, many don’t know that osteopathy is not limited to bone and muscle problems only. In fact, it can tackle some common health issues such as, digestive problems and migraine headaches. Osteopathy treating digestive issues is a newer thought that is practiced extensively by Dr. Hoang and Karen. In this article, they’ll be speaking more about what causes it, and what to do to treat the problems.

Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramps and reflux are common digestive issues which most of us suffer from and never once attribute to musculoskeletal issues. Most individuals try to overcome these problems with over the counter products. Though these OTCs are helpful, if not then it is necessary to eradicate the root cause. Many times, these common problems are an indication of an underlying condition.

There are many conditions that can cause digestive issues such as,


Normally, people go to their general physicians or naturopaths to treat these conditions. But, sometimes that isn’t fruitful either. This is where an osteopath can be helpful! An osteopath doesn’t treat the disorder but, the person who is suffering from these health issues. In osteopathy, whole body of the patient is examined to determine the problem areas. Problems in musculoskeletal system such as restricted spinal joints, tight abdominal muscles, interruption in nerve or blood supply and organ restrictions can lead to digestive health problems. These issues may arise due to:

In osteopathy, the main emphasis is on fixing the nerve and blood supply, normalizing organ and joint functions. Osteopaths can determine the positioning and mobility of organs along with blood flow to and from various organs. They try to fix the imbalance of bones, joints and nerves via different methods including, massage, stretching, joint articulation, strengthening muscles and ligaments and resolving any nerve irritation. All these efforts are so that body can auto regulate the usual way.


  1. Attali, T. V., Bouchoucha, M., & Benamouzig, R. (2013). Treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome with visceral osteopathy: Short‐term and long‐term results of a randomized trial. Journal of digestive diseases, 14(12), 654-661.
  2. Belvaux, A., Bouchoucha, M., & Benamouzig, R. (2017). Osteopathic management of chronic constipation in women patients. Results of a pilot study. Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology.

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