Back pain is the number one complaint that brings people into my office for physiotherapy treatment, but rarely do people have just one issue. Many times people have a handful of symptoms, but either don’t think they are related, or don’t think it is necessary to mention it to their physiotherapist. Most people see stomach pain as an issue for their doctor and/or something they just have to live with, but in my experience doctors just prescribe symptom treating pills that don’t get at the crux of the problem. Stomach pain very much can be an acid balance problem, but it also can very commonly be a mechanical issue related to your mid back and the physical mobility of your stomach.
After learning the osteopathic approach of visceral manipulation, I started considering the physical toll people’s organs can have on their alignment and their pain. I started noticing and feeling the tension in people’s abdomens and ribcages in a different way because I had a better understanding of how the anatomy is attached to the inside of their ribcage and spine. More often than not, a client would come to see me complaining of mid to lower back pain, but I started asking “are you having any stomach problems,” because I started to pick up on a particular pattern of restriction in their mid-back and upper stomach. Enough clients started saying “how did you know?” that I started sensing that I was on to something.
Your stomach is a muscular bag that sits in the upper left quadrant of your abdomen and is squished up against your liver and under your diaphragm. To do its job properly it needs to be able to muscularly churn your food which requires mobility relative to its neighboring organs and surrounding structure. The mobility in the upper abdomen can and does get affected by the nerves that originate from your lower thoracic spine or mid back area. Read More