Gastritis, stomach ache or stomach pain, is a problem that affects large segments of the population.
In some cases the origin may be osteopathic and therefore very often this disorder can find a solution in osteopathy.
The mechanism through which an osteopathic lesion comes to produce a discomfort in the stomach is not very different compared to what leads to the development of any other symptom.
Therefore, the treatment of gastritis does not differ, from a methodological point of view, from that of a low back pain or colitis.
Gastritis, from a functional point of view, may depend on a neuro- vegetative problem or by a localized problem at the level of the bands.
In the first case an osteopathic disturbance involves the neural structures that control the functionality of the stomach in such a way as to impair its function.
Among them, especially the vagus nerves and the sympathetic branches leaving from the top of the dorsal spine.
In the second case, lesions of the mediastinum, diaphragm or diaphragmatic structures below can affect directly the reliability of the stomach.
A hiatal hernia is the most striking example of this type of dysfunction.
As an example I'll describe the case of a young patient taht had heartburn of different intensity mainly during the day in relation to habits, stress and postures but generally present in a consistent manner.
He also presented associated neck pain and neck stiffness with episodes of nausea and dizziness sporadically.
Osteopathic examination showed restrictions on the right temporal bone and the first rib right as well as at the level of the pelvic floor, especially on the right rear quadrant.
In other words, an osteopathic lesion affected in an important way the aponeurotic central axis.
Osteopathy for aponeurotic central axis is the set of wings that extend from the base of the skull to the pelvis and that, taken together, embrace and support the internal organs.
Dysfunction at this level may justify a framework like the one described as symptomatic since not only it creates disturbances on the organs (in this case the stomach) but it also gives a mechanical stress on the lower spine, given the pericardial listings, with consequences on the local muscle tone and on the circulation of the vertebral arteries.
In fact, once the lesions were resolved, the patient no longer complained the symptoms in a stable manner.
The patient had already tried respectively symptomatic remedies for gastritis and neck pain but without ever being stable.
In any case it is correct to clarify that not all forms of gastritis are due to an osteopathic problem.
However, given the high percentage of cases on a functional basis, an osteopathic consultation is highly recommended in cases of chronic gastritis.