When a problem occurs in one part of the body,

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 centimetres 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 (fascia system) of the stomach, even when the person never has an upset stomach.

Example: One of the functions of the liver is the production of bile to digest food. When the liver is limited in its mobility the production of 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 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, behavioural 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 a psychological or emotional condition which accumulates in the body. Osteopathy can help the body to deal with these accumulations.