Treating Visceral Dysfunction: An Osteopathic Approach to Understanding and Treating the Abdominal Organs

G. Finet, D.O. and C. Williame, D.O.

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This book presents a well-defined and simple-to-apply osteopathic approach to the treatment of the abdominal organs. Developed by two Belgian osteopaths, this approach is based on detailed research done to define the dynamics of the abdominal viscera as they shift in response to the diaphragm's motion. It includes appliction to the common clinical condition of GERD.

Paperback, 170 pp, 100+ illus, $39.00

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition: Kenneth Lossing, D.O.
Preface to the English Edition
Foreword to the French Edition – 1992: Robert Kriwin, D.O.
Preface to the French Edition – 1992


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  • The diaphragmatic mechanism
  • Hemodynamics and visceral dynamics
  • Review of gastrointestinal physiology
  • Clinical correlations

Chapter 3: Summary of the Visceral Dynamics

  1. The gastrointestinal tract
  2. The liver, kidneys, pancreas, and spleen

Chapter 4: Foundations for the Normalizations

  • The fascia
  • Basic principles of our visceral approach


Chapter 5: Key Points for the Normalizations

Chapter 6: The Visceral Normalizations

  • Normalization for the area of the stomach
  • Normalization for the area of the duodenum
  • Normalization for the area of the jejunum and ileum
  • Normalization for the area of the ileocecal valve
  • Normalization for the area of the colon
  • Normalization for the area of the liver
  • Normalization for the area of the kidney
  • Normalization for the area of the spleen
  • Normalization for the area of the pancreas


Chapter 7: Osteopathic Approach to Hiatal Hernia and Gastroesophageal Reflux

  • Review of anatomy and physiology
  • Research and clinical applications
  • Osteopathic treatment


Chapter 8: Introduction to the Research

  • Methodology

Chapter 9: Dynamics of the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Radiological examinations of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Potential sources of error
  • The visceral dynamics
  • Biometric analysis of the gastrointestinal dynamics

Chapter 10: Dynamics of the Liver, Kidneys, Pancreas, and Spleen

  • Potential sources of error
  • Methodology
  • Biometric analysis of the dynamics of the liver, kidneys,
  • pancreas, and spleen
  • Afterword to the French Edition – 1992
  • Afterword: Summary of Further Research – 2000
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Ordering Information

Finet and Williame bring us a logical, methodical, and practical system for diagnosing and treating the abdominal viscera. I am impressed with the depth of their knowledge, the research they have done, the simplicity of their techniques, and the results I have achieved with their approach in my practice. They have written a landmark book for the profession of osteopathy.
— Kenneth Lossing, D.O.

At last, a book discussing visceral dynamics and demonstrating osteopathic treatment of visceral dysfunction based not just on clinical experience by research.
. . . [The descriptions of the techniques] are easy to follow with accompanying annotated photos and diagrams.
A great reference book and ideal for those practitioners unable to attend courses in the subject but wanting to develop skill in this area or for those already versed in visceral osteopathy.
— Alison Linn, D.O., Ostium (Australian Osteopathic Association), Autumn 2001

Based on extensive fluoroscopic validation, Finet and Williame’s Treating Visceral Dysfunction does much to bridge the apparent divide between the evidence based medicine initiative and osteopathic theory and practice. A well illustrated, methodical and practical book, it offers clinical application for practitioners at every level.
— Zachary Comeaux, D. O., FAAO, Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice,
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

This book is the product of several years of abundant and far-reaching study and research, and I wish to pay tribute to the authors’ intellectual honesty and their talent in passing on the results of their work.
— Robert Kriwin, D.O., President, Belgian Academy of Osteopathy

Osteopathic thought and practice have been world-wide since the early years of the profession. In the contemporary scene, many practitioners abroad have made significant original contributions. The effort to increase American awareness of these contributions is very desirable. Dr. Brooks has made a distinct contribution in her work with the English edition of the work of Finet and Williame.
— Anthony G. Chila, D.O., FAAO, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medcine