Treating Visceral Dysfunction:  An Osteopathic Approach to Understanding and Treating the Abdominal Organs was written by G. Finet, D.O. and C. Williame, D.O. published in 1992.   Doctors of Osteopathy, Finet and Williame both use physical and manual treatment interventions in a holistic approach to treatment and prevention of illness and disease.

This book has received multiple positive reviews and has been identified as a guidebook containing specific and well researched techniques and illustrations that offers practitioners proven successful approaches to the treatment of abdominal viscera dysfunction. Finet and Williame first review the clinical correlations between diaphragmatic mechanisms, gastrointestinal physiology with hemodynamics and visceral dynamics.  The gastrointestinal tract, as well as the dynamics of the liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas are all then investigated and discussed.

Fascia, or the connective tissue in the body, is maintained as the basic supporting structure and is a major component in treating visceral dysfunction.

The two doctors proceed with the specific areas needing address when treating visceral dysfunction.  They describe in detail how to normalize all areas in the abdominal viscera:  the stomach, duodenum, jejunum and ileum, ileocecal valve, the colon, the liver and kidneys, the spleen and finally the pancreas.

After a thorough review of the physiology and anatomy, specific clinical applications are presented.  An entire chapter is devoted to treating gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernias using an osteopathic approach.

Finally, additional attention is given to research methodology and analysis.  Finet and Williame detail gastrointestinal tract exams performed using radiological techniques, and the corresponding potential error points.

They finish up their book, Treating Visceral Dysfunction, by describing the biometric analysis process of the gastrointestinal tract, the kidneys, the liver, spleen and pancreas.

The two Belgian osteopaths base their approach on dedicated and lengthy research to provide well defined dynamics of the abdominal viscera.

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