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While traditional osteopathy addresses and establishes the normal movement in the musculoskeletal system, visceral osteopathy aims to restore the normal movement of the organs or viscera (stomach, intestines, liver, lung, etc and their attachments). Visceral and lymphatic technique comprise specific osteopathic techniques dedicated to the viscera, pelvic organs, and diaphragm to address numerous types of issues that can be digestive, such as IBS, IBD, constipation and or diarrhoea, or pregnancy related but not restricted to these conditions.
Visceral osteopathy can be used to address seemingly unrelated issues to the areas of focus, such as low back pain, headaches or even shoulder pain because osteopathic medicine looks at the whole body to find the source of pain or imbalance. Visceral techniques tend to be more gentle because some have a basis from cranial osteopathy but can also be combined with manipulative therapy to augment their effect. Like other osteopathic techniques, these help improve circulation, nutrition and lymphatic drainage of the tissues but also stimulate the autonomic nervous system that controls all of our organ systems.