Text-Book of Osteopathy
American College of Mechano-Therapy
TREATMENT OF THE ABDOMEN
1. Place the patient on back with knees flexed.
Relax the abdominal muscles with the palm of the hand. Begin low down
on one side, work up on that side and repeat the movement on the other side.
Spring the ribs. Move the abdominal contents from one side to the other
between the palms of the hands.
2. Apply direct pressure to the abdomen with the flat
of the hand over the center of the abdomen below the umbilicus. Use side
pressure to force the contents of the small intestines toward the caecum.
3. Lift the intestines. Flex the knees several
times, in the meantime holding the abdominal contents for a minute or two.
4. Stimulation of Solar Plexus. Apply deep, steady
pressure with a slightly circular motion just below the sternum, backward and
5. Stimulate the liver, spleen, stomach and other abdominal
organs by placing one hand on either side of the ribs and applying pressure,
alternated with a few seconds of rest.
6. Alternate pressure and relaxation directly
over the liver for the purpose of toning up this organ, as well
as the adjacent abdominal viscera.