Osteopathy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Most people think of osteopathy as a manipulate and click therapy that is more forceful than massage but with less clicking than chiropractic. Visceral osteopathy was developed by a French osteopath in the mid 1980s and is based on using soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the organs and spaces of the body cavity and their connective tissues. The contact feels different to other osteopathic treatments as it is direct to the individual organs. A new study has been published that investigated the effects of visceral osteopathy as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Patients were assessed for symptoms of depression, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal distension and abdominal pain before and after each phase of the trial. Patients were also assessed one year after finishing the trial. Results showed that patients had significant improvement in symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal pain and distension but no change to symptoms of constipation and depression. Visceral osteopathy clearly shows benefit as a treatment for IBS.
Visceral Osteopathy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Attali et al. Treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome with visceral osteopathy: Short term and long term results of a randomized trial. J. Dig Dis. Dec 2013.