Osteopathic techniques can be applied to the visceral (internal organs) of the body. The digestive tract is a long tube that weaves throughout the body and as such can be compressed at different points along its route. A tight diaphragm, for example, can cause tension around the esophagus as it passes through the diaphragm to reach the stomach. This can sometimes result in symptoms of reflux.
As the tract continues to wind throughout the abdomen, various other points of tension can be experienced causing symptoms of abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. Techniques aimed at easing tension along the tract and mobilizing pelvis motion have been associated with a decrease in such symptoms.