Visceral Manipulation gently addresses restrictions around your organs (viscera) and the surrounding connective/fascial tissues. Visceral Manipulation was developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., P.T. from France.
Organs should have the mobility and freedom to move for their body to work efficiently and harmoniously. Each organ has its rhythm or motility around a specified axis of motion. Abnormal tone, tensions, and adhesions cause asymmetry and lack of mobility and motility. When one organ is restricted and hypo-mobile, undo stress is placed on other structures thru the interconnectedness of your fascial system. This can potentially contribute to pain and dysfunction in your body as it relays thru the interconnectedness to other body parts (i.e., back, knee, shoulder, neck, or head).
Visceral Manipulation is applied after assessing the mobility and motility of your involved organ(s) and how this relates to the presenting signs and symptoms. Specific but very gentle forces are applied to release the abnormal tensions and restrictions in and around the targeted organ(s). This potentially allows for functional improvement in your organ itself, the system the organ is a part of, and the structural integrity of your total body.
Visceral Manipulation is helpful in a wide variety of cases that include, but are not limited to, orthopedic problems, headaches, pelvic pain, scar tissue, post-surgery, cystitis, functional digestive issues, non-cardiac chest pain, and dysmenorrhea. It is typically integrated with other integrative manual therapy techniques.