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Osteopathy and gastroesophageal reflux: techniques and benefits

Osteopatia e reflusso gastroesofageo

Osteopathy, with its ability to improve body structure and function, offers a comprehensive and noninvasive approach that can help manage and reduce the frequency and intensity of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.

Applied osteopathic techniques

● Improved diaphragmatic mobility: the diaphragm plays a key role in the mechanics of reflux. Specific techniques can be applied to relax and strengthen the diaphragm, improving its function and reducing the pressure exerted on the underlying organs, including the stomach.

● Normalization of tension in tissues: an osteopath can work to reduce tension in the connective tissues surrounding the stomach and esophagus, facilitating normal function of the lower esophageal sphincter. This helps prevent the return of acidic contents.

● Improved posture: poor posture can increase pressure on the abdomen and worsen reflux. Osteopathy can help correct spinal misalignments and improve overall posture, thus helping to reduce reflux symptoms.

● Advice on lifestyle and diet: in addition to physical manipulations, the osteopath can offer advice on dietary changes and lifestyle habits that can help manage reflux. These include suggestions on how and when to eat, as well as foods to avoid.

Benefits of osteopathy in reflux

Benefits of osteopathy in the treatment of reflux include:

● Reduction of symptoms: many patients report a decrease in the frequency and severity of heartburn and other symptoms.

● Improved digestion: osteopathic techniques can improve overall digestion and nutrient absorption.

● Stress reduction: osteopathy can reduce stress, which is known to aggravate gastroesophageal reflux.

Osteopathy offers a viable and natural approach to addressing gastroesophageal reflux, treating not only the symptoms but also the causes. If you are considering this treatment modality, it is important to consult a qualified osteopath who can assess your specific situation and propose a personalized treatment plan. With the help of osteopathy, you can not only manage reflux but also significantly improve your quality of life.


Valentina Carlile - Osteopath expert in Osteopathy applied to Voice and Speech disorders since 2002. For information and reservations visit the Contact page

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