How Organs Can Affect Your Body
with Dave Potucek, MSPT, CFMT
As discussed in the previous visceral article your organs can cause a variety of pains and dysfunctions if they lose their ability to slide on neighboring structures due to surgery, infections, trauma, poor posture, poor diet, etc.
The gastrointestinal (GI) system is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, gallbladder, liver and pancreas. These structures all have to work in harmony to have efficient digestion and transit times. Normal transit time is 16 hours and it has been studied that people with low back pain can have transit time of >30 hours. These structures can be mobilized to improve digestion, decrease low back pain, abdominal pain and many other issues as previously stated.
Another important system in the body is the urinary system. It is made of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and pelvic floor. Problems with the function of the urinary system can lead to frequent urinary tract infections, pelvic pain, incontinence, hypertension, swelling of the body or legs and can be a part of sciatica.
The female reproductive system consists of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. These structures can be treated directly through the abdomen. Problems in this area can come from C-Sections, child birth, infections, etc. Often times we treat this system for dysmenorrhea (painful periods), scar tissue (post C-Section), pelvic pain and ow back pain as well.
The coccyx is a frequently treated structure on many of the patients treated at Elite Health Services. It impacts are system wide. As Manual Therapists, we can positively effect neck motion, shoulder motion, core strength, nerve mobility and much more from treating this single structure. It is basically our “tail” and has attachments from the spinal cord so treating this structure can have far reaching effects on the body. We commonly treat it when a patient is experiencing back pain, nerve pain and coccyx pain, but it is often the source of other various pain and problems as well.
It is amazing that internal organs can have such far reaching, widespread effects on the rest of our body. The good news is that when something is not working optimally, there is manual treatment available to eliminate pain and improve your overall health and well-being.