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Visceral Osteopathy: Understanding the Approach, Disorders Addressed, Mechanisms, and Clinical Applications

Visceral osteopathy is a specialized form of osteopathic medicine that focuses on the assessment and treatment of dysfunctions within the visceral organs and their surrounding connective tissues.

Visceral osteopathy involves the application of osteopathic principles and techniques to address dysfunctions within the internal organs, such as the digestive system, reproductive organs, and respiratory system.

List of Disordersv(in which Visceral Osteopathy may help):

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Reproductive system disorders (e.g., menstrual disorders, infertility)
  • Respiratory system disorders (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Urinary system disorders (e.g., urinary incontinence, interstitial cystitis)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Post-surgical adhesions
Visceral Osteopathy

Mechanism of Treatment: Visceral osteopathy aims to restore optimal function to the visceral organs and their surrounding tissues through manual manipulation. Osteopathic practitioners utilize gentle techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and visceral manipulation, to address tissue restrictions, improve mobility, and enhance organ function. By optimizing visceral mobility and circulation, visceral osteopathy supports the body’s self-healing mechanisms and promotes overall health.

Clinical Applications: Visceral osteopathy is applied in clinical practice to address a wide range of visceral disorders and related symptoms. For example, visceral manipulation techniques have been shown to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (Licciardone et al., 2013). Additionally, visceral osteopathy has been used as a complementary therapy for infertility, with some studies suggesting improvements in reproductive function and pregnancy outcomes (Beliveau et al., 2015).

Visceral osteopathy offers a holistic and integrative approach to addressing visceral disorders, focusing on restoring balance and function to the internal organs and their surrounding tissues. Further research is needed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of visceral osteopathy and expand its clinical applications across diverse patient populations and conditions.


Licciardone, J. C., Kearns, C. M., & Hodge, L. M. (2013). Visceral Manipulation Reduces Pain and Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19(1), 20–26.

Beliveau, P., Gaudreault, N., & Marchand, A. A. (2015). Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation: A New Treatment Intervention for Concussion Recovery. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), E40–E42.

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