How osteopathy can help with digestive issues?
How can osteopathy help with digestive issues like acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion or constipation?
If you are suffering from the above-mentioned problems, have been to your doctor’s office many many times, and you did all your prescribed medical tests which all came back all, then here is how osteopathy can help you:
First, let’s talk about some anatomy. There are branches of nerves that comes out at each level of our spinal cord. They pass through foramens formed between two vertebrae. At some levels, mainly the thoracic area, these nerves innervate a specific organ, controlling and regulating the digestive system. (see picture below) The first thing an osteopath will treat is to free up the path of the nerve compressed or irritated nerve caused by a subluxation of the vertebra or by muscle tension.
Once the electric wires (the nerves) are fixed, an osteopath can treat specifically the organ by stretching its fascia (a web like tissue englobing all organs and muscles of our body) and smooth muscle that provide feedback and stimulates the nerves to function properly. Therefore, regulating the digestive system.
Another way of treatment for digestive problems is through Cranial Sacral Therapy. Now, let’s return to some anatomy background once again: we all have a nerve named Vagus nerve, the systemic control center, which controls the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. (See picture below) Here is an example of how it works: in situation when we are stressed, our heart beats faster, blood pressure rises, and we might get stomach ache or constipation. By stimulating this Vagus nerve, we can ease those symptoms. Those technics applied by an osteopath are called Cranial Sacral Therapy.
Now that you understand how an osteopath can help you with acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion or constipation, are you more inclined to give it a try? Stop waiting and suffering, call for an appointment!
Written by Weijia Xu, pht. ; Original content by Matthew Alfano, Osteopath