A hiatal hernia is a fairly common problem, it seems that it affects up to 60% of the population.
In many cases hiatal hernia has an important osteopathic component because, regardless of its type, it is almost always the expression of an imbalance of the bands at the gastro-oesophageal level.
In fact, the tendency to slip upwards of a part of the stomach is given by musculo- fascial physiological tensions not involving the entire fascial system.
Osteopathy in such cases is extremely useful because, in addition to possessing a wide range of technical solutions for the visceral dysfunctions, is directed from a methodological point of view, to the restoration of a correct global dynamics of the entire system of bands.
As an example I'll describe the case of a 36- year old patient that suffered from neck pain.
During the interview it emerged that she had been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia that caused her to slip gastritis and burning in the throat in the morning.
Therefore, the pain in the neck and shoulder was associated with these symptoms.
Osteopathic examination showed a significant restriction at Palatine on the left and a lesion of the superiority of the second metatarsal bone to the left.
Therefore, two primary lesions, one at the level of the palate and one at the level of the foot, with an important sacro- iliac and diaphragmatic compensation.
After correcting injuries and rebalancing the dynamics of the diaphragm neck pain and gastro-oesophageal burning regressed within ten days. Moreover, following the osteopathic treatment, the patient reported a feeling of global articular looseness.
After one month the patient reported that she had continued to maintain the well-being acquired.
As for other problems of osteopathic nature symptoms and the general functions of the person undergo significant positive changes in a fairly short time.
The correction of the dynamics of an organ or restoring a function not so fast is, especially when the problem has been ongoing for a long time. Sometimes a hundred percent recovery is no longer possible.
Hiatal hernia, also of type 1 (the simplest form), is an adaptation that takes a long time to get organized, ie the structures under the diaphgram and esophagus must be subjected to stress for years before setting up their dynamic setting in a non-physiological manner.
However on the basis of a global rebalancing is reasonable to think that even a function compromised by years may have margins of recovery, as it is difficult to quantify the extent of the recovery and the time required.
In any case, the global rebalancing of the person is absolutely essential to find a state of good health and this applies to any problem at any level.
Osteopathy works in this direction.