Visceral Osteopaths also consider the interrelationship between the movement and quality of internal organs (also called viscera: stomach, liver, intestines, lungs, etc..) and how this can cause problems in muscles and joints all over the body.
The stomach and liver are suspended from the diaphragm by ligaments; when it is not moving effectively, it affects the structures that are attached to it.
For example, if you develop a shallow breathing pattern. If the diaphragm is not moving correctly, the stomach, liver, pancreas, intestines will be affected. In the long term, it could lead to heartburn, hiatus hernia, stomach aches or digestives problems. And further down the line, it could also lead to chronic back pain.