Dr. Susie Gronski



Dr. Susie Gronski - DIGESTIVE ISSUES


It’s common to have digestive disorders with pelvic symptoms, so addressing the whole you is going to be important.

To do this, I’ve included some information on visceral manipulation here.

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a unique evaluation and treatment of the whole body that only highly skilled hands can provide. It’s a very artistic and intuitive way of addressing your body’s restrictions and holding patterns getting to the source of the problem.


Hiatal Hernia

Science alert!

The ‘hiatus’ is the area where the esophagus meets the stomach, most commonly called the gastroesophageal junction. This area is oftentimes sensitive to abnormal pressure changes between the abdomen and thorax.

What might this mean for you? The stomach is vulnerable to the negative pressure of the thorax. Most commonly, this can lead to a sliding hernia (where the top of the stomach slides up towards the esophagus). Ouch!

Can be due to:

  • Mechanical issues (poor posture, obesity, abnormal tone of the diaphragm, your breathing muscle)
  • Hormonal reasons
  • Emotional difficulties (chronic stress)
  • Diet (alcohol, spicy food, coffee, acidic foods), which can weaken the ligaments around the esophagus making it easier for the stomach to slide upward


  • Mid to lower back pain
  • Pain with taking a deep breath
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unresolved left-sided chest pain and stomach ache


Dysphagia is known as difficulty or discomfort with swallowing

causes CAN BE:

  • Stroke, or what’s medically termed cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  • hronic or excessive stress
  • Whiplash
  • Head and neck issues
  • Digestive issues, poor organ motility
  • Sliding hernia


Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach muscles are not functioning properly, causing slow digestion and delayed stomach emptying.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Excessive bloating
  • Abdominal pain

Associated symptoms:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), where the lining of the esophagus is alkaline and the stomach is acidic. A mechanical disruption in this balance can result in heartburn-like symptoms called GERD. GERD affects up to 20% of the US population and antacid medication is the number one over-the-counter treatment sold.
  • Excessive or uncontrolled belching
  • Constipation 

How can Visceral Manipulation (VM) help?

  • A highly trained visceral manipulation practitioner performs a full body evaluation to determine the root cause of your symptoms
  • A VM therapist assesses musculoskeletal, organ, and nerve mobility for decreased motion causing compensatory patterns and dysfunction throughout the body
  • Facilitates the body’s own ability to restore balance and health
  • Eliminates symptoms of bloating, gas, poor intestinal motility, GERD, abdominal pain

*Visceral manipulation can be very beneficial for swallowing dysfunctions of mechanical and/or emotional origin. There is not enough clinical evidence to support its efficacy with treating neurological disorders, such as with a CVA.


Learn more about why I’m a huge VM convert!


Imagine sitting at a restaurant having a great time with friends, ready to indulge in your first bite, when you start to realize you can’t breathe. The first swallow has got you gasping for air as you hit your chest for relief thinking that may actually help this time. As you look up at your friends you can see their concerned and confused faces. Before the walls come closing down on you, you quickly run to the restroom in complete panic! You begin to think to yourself, “What is going on with me?” Suddenly, you hiccup and the horror stops.