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Please review the following questions to pre-assess your knowledge of ‘OMT treatment for gastritis.’ Once you have completed this pre-assessment review, please continue this module by viewing the instructional video at the bottom of this page.

A patient diagnosed with gastritis will have somatic dysfunctions in the following area if they have a viscerosomatic reflex response:

  • C7-T3 on the left
  • C7-T8 on the right
  • T5-9 on the left
  • T10-L1 bilaterally
  • L3-S2 on the right

In treating viscero-somatic reflexes the physician can:

  • Balance the areas of somatic dysfunctions back to symmetry
  • Use inhibitory or excitatory techniques
  • Choose from a variety of OMM techniques
  • Treat the areas of viscero-somatic reflexes only, or choose also to treat other related areas
  • All of the above are correct

Other areas to look at for viscero-somatic reflexes affecting the stomach include:

  • C2, because a somatic dysfunction at this level may affect the vagus nerve.
  • T1, because a somatic dysfunction at this level may affect the vagus nerve.
  • S2, because a somatic dysfunction at this level may affect the iliohypogastric nerve.
  • Ribs 3-5, because a somatic dysfunction at this level may affect the phrenic nerve.
  • Ribs 11 and 12, because a somatic dysfunction at this level may affect the quadratus lumborum.