Digestive Problems

Osteopaths can also help ease some of the digestive symptoms experienced by pregnant mothers such as morning sickness (nausea, vomiting), heartburn, indigestion and constipation.  Hormonal fluctuations are thought to be one of the contributing factors to morning sickness experienced in the first trimester.  Crowding of the abdominal cavity caused by expansion of the uterus can put increased pressure on digestive organs resulting in heartburn, indigestion and constipation.  These conditions are often further exacerbated due to the effect of progesterone decreasing muscle tone within the digestive tract.  By working on the diaphragm and surrounding somatic structures, osteopathy can help ease these digestive problems.

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Research:

da Silva RC, de Sá CC, Pascual-Vaca ÁO, de Souza Fontes LH, Herbella Fernandes FA, Dib RA, Blanco CR, Queiroz RA, Navarro-Rodriguez T.

Published in the Dis Esophagus Jul;26(5):451-6 2013

Osteopathic manipulative technique produces a positive increment in the lower esophageal sphincter region soon after its performance.

Brugman R, Fitzgerald K, Fryer G

Published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine Vol 13 (1) pages 17-23 2010

Participants reported an improvement in the overall severity of constipation, symptoms and quality of life.