What is Visceral Osteopathy?
Visceral osteopathy is the gentle hands-on manipulation of the organs and tissues found in the abdomen and chest.
What conditions does visceral osteopathy help?
It is used in the treatment of many different conditions and symptoms including:
- Acute Disorders including Whiplash, Seatbelt Injuries, Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries, Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
- Digestive Disorders including Bloating and Constipation, Nausea, Acid Reflux, GERD and Swallowing Dysfunctions.
- Women's and Men's Health Issues including Chronic Pelvic Pain Endometriosis Fibroids and Cysts Dysmenorrhea Bladder Incontinence Prostate Dysfunction Referred Testicular Pain and Effects of Menopause.
- Emotional Issues including Anxiety and Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Musculoskeletal Disorders including Somatic-Visceral Interactions, Chronic Spinal DysfunctionHeadaches and Migraines, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Joint Pain and Sciatica.
- Pain Related to Post-operative Scar Tissue, Post-infection Scar Tissue, and Autonomic Mechanisms.
- Childhood Issues including Constipation and Gastritis, Persistent Vomiting, Vesicoureteral Reflux and Infant Colic.
How do Visceral Osteopaths work?
Visceral Osteopaths use gentle pressure to encourage the proper movement of the organs and tissues.
What happens in the first appointment?
The purpose of the first meeting is mainly to gather information. This process will include taking a full medical history and a physical examination. After the gathering process, the practitioner will advise you:
- What is the nature of your problem?
- What is the cause(s)?
- Whether manual osteopathy is an appropriate and safe treatment to help your problem.
If yes, your practitioner will outline a treatment plan including further investigations, exercises, and lifestyle modifications if necessary.
If there is time left, your practitioner will begin some treatment.
How many follow-up treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need will be dependent on how long you have had the problem. For acute or problems that have started within the last three weeks, they normally require between 2 and four treatments on average. For longstanding or problems lasting more than three weeks, they need between 6 - 8 treatments on average.
How long are the appointments?
Initial appointments are 60 minutes, and follow-up appointments are 30 minutes long but may be longer.
What should I wear in appointments?
We recommend that you bring a pair of shorts and a sports bra to each appointment.