Constipation Specialist

Bay Area Osteopathic

Osteopaths located in American Canyon, CA

Whether you’re five days, five years, or fifty, constipation can be incredibly uncomfortable. It’s also highly treatable with non-invasive, drug-free osteopathic manipulation treatment. The team of physicians at Bay Area Osteopathic Inc., located in American Canyon, where the Napa Valley meets the San Francisco Bay Area, has relieved constipation with this technique for patients of all ages throughout the greater Napa area. Applying the principles of functional medicine can also prevent its return.

Constipation Q & A

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition in which a person suffers from infrequent or hard, dry bowel movements or a combination of these. Although everyone is different, generally infrequent bowel movements are considered less than three per week. Constipation, which can become chronic if not treated, may lead to abdominal pain, rectal prolapses and anal fissures (painful tears in the skin around the anus). It can also cause bladder infections by not allowing the bladder to drain completely. Constipation is especially common in children and pregnant women.  

How does Bay Area Osteopathic treat constipation?

Traditional medicine generally treats constipation with medication – over the counter or prescription – fiber supplements, laxatives or changes in diet. Most of these approaches, however, only address the symptoms. Dietary changes may help in some cases but aren’t always effective. Many individuals have a well-balanced diet and still suffer from constipation. This is because constipation can be caused by underlying restrictive tensions of the visceral organs, such as compression, adhesion or strain of the ligaments and connective tissues around these organs. Injuries and falls, particularly those on the buttocks and tailbone, can cause such tension in the last part of the colon. Tension at the base of the skull can also cause the small intestine and first part of the colon to slow down. The body’s organs move in sync with one another, as well as with the motion of the diaphragm, ribs, and spine. When motion is limited it can slow down the movement of organs  in the abdomen. The result is often constipation. At Bay Area Osteopathic, mobility is restored with osteopathic manipulation. While specifics may differ between patients, these techniques will likely include fascial release of the iliopsoas (hip flexor) and release of the sacrum and cranial base. Gentle visceral manipulation of the bowel can be particularly helpful to mobilize if there are any adhesions.

Is osteopathic manipulation safe for babies and children?

It absolutely is. Osteopathic manipulation is extremely safe and effective in treating a wide variety of issues suffered by babies, including newborns, as well as children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to constipation, these include reflux, colic and other feeding issues and various problems with sleep.

Osteopathic manipulation has been shown to be safe and effective in pregnancy, decreasing pain, and complications.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following insurance providers. Prior to your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that we are preferred providers and that your plan covers Osteopathic Manipulation - CPT code 98929.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kaiser Permanente PPO
United Healthcare