When a problem occurs in one part of the body then the whole body will compensate and adjust to the new situation, following the aim to function optimally.

Example: When you breathe in, the kidneys move a few centimeters down, when you exhale they move back up again. If this is not or only partially possible it may be a cause for lower back pain.

Example: The stomach volume increases when you are eating and it shifts in relation to surrounding organs. If this does not go well it may be a cause for gastric complaints like belching, feeling of heaviness, etcetera.

Example: If the pelvis cannot move equally and well balanced, this may be a cause for headaches.

Example: Neck problems may arise via the structural support (fascial system) of the stomach, even when the person never has an upset stomach.

Example: One of the functions of the liver is production of bile to digest food. When the liver is limited in its mobility the production in bile will also decrease. Food will be less well digested and will create irritation in the intestines. Due to the anatomical connection with the lower back a low back pain can occur. Also problems like fatigues and low immunity may appear. By releasing any restrictions or adhesion around the liver the production of bile can be normalized again.

Example: As the liver is the biggest organ to metabolize hormones, behavioral and emotional changes may occur if the liver function is compromised. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) in women is a good example, as hormones spike during the monthly cycle, some women can feel anxious, depressed or angry. By releasing any restrictions or adhesion around the liver, the functional ability to metabolize hormones will improve and therefore may elevate and balance the emotional state of the individual.

A cause for physical complaints may be found in psychological or emotional complaints which accumulate in the body. Osteopathy can help the body to deal with these accumulations.