Visceral Osteopathy

Visceral Osteopathy is the treatment of the organs and their soft tissue interconnections by manual therapy. The osteopath uses gentle, specifically directed manual forces that encourage the normal mobility, blood supply and lymphatic drainage of the organ and its related connective tissues. Yarra Osteopathy offers this treatment for patients in Melbourne who are seeking improved health and wellbeing, as well as effective relief from pain.

How Does Visceral Osteopathy Benefit You?

Visceral Osteopathy encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your body. It dissipates the negative effects of stress, enhances mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influences general metabolism. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. As with all osteopathic techniques, the aim is to encourage changes to the structure of the body so that the overall function is improved. We treat your body so that it can better manage the illnesses, trauma and stress that have accumulated over a lifetime.

Visceral Osteopathy may provide relief from some of the following problems and anecdotally patients report benefit, however currently there is insufficient evidence to support osteopathic treatment of these conditions.

    • Constipation
    • Asthma
    • Painful periods
    • Digestive disorders
    • Women’s health issues
    • Whiplash
    • Headaches and migraines

    Treating the Body, Inside and Out

    The organs of the body are fluid filled structures that are attached by specialised ligaments to the body walls or to each other. These ligaments are heavily innervated by the nervous system. Each organ needs to be able to move inside your body, with this movement required for the appropriate function of the organ and your body as a whole.

    Strains in the connective tissue of the organs can result from illness, poor posture, injury, surgical scars and adhesions. Tension patterns form through the connective tissue network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects – often far from their original source. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, with chronic irritation eventually giving way to functional and structural problems

    If you would like to find out more about Visceral Osteopathy, or wish to make an appointment at our South Yarra practice, please give us a call on 9804 5588 or book with us online.

    Dr. Piers Bubbers has undergone further training in Visceral Osteopathy.