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Sphincter of Oddi

The sphincter of Oddi is a muscle that opens and closes to allow bile and pancreatic juice to flow between the pancreas and the small intestine. In sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, the sphincter muscle does not open when it should, which causes a backup of digestive juices and severe pain in the abdomen.




When it's working properly, the sphincter of Oddi opens to allow bile and pancreatic juice to flow through, and then closes again. However, in a condition called sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, the sphincter muscle does not open when it should. This prevents the bile and pancreatic juice from flowing through. The sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is mainly observed in women ages 30 to 50. Those who have had their gallbladders removed in surgery also have a higher risk of developing this condition.


Recently I had a 15 years old young client who suffered a right foot pain. This young man can't walk on his right foot sole for 3 days after a minor fall in the basketball game . His body showed the tensions on the upper , middle and lower part of his right torso. His right foot has pain with the touch. However after I used the Visceral Manipulation technique to adjust the sphincter of Oddi, all the tensions are gone and no pain on his right foot. The client is able to walk without the pain right away.


For the case I experienced, it clear to me that the human being is a functional dynamic unit. The body has mechanisms of self-regulation and natural self-healing and structure and function are interrelated at all levels of the human body.



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