What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral-Manipulation-3Visceral manipulation was developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral. He was named one of Time Magazine’s Top Six Innovators for Alternative Medicine to watch in the new millennium.

This delicate manual therapy is often cited as a missing link in the treatment of recurring musculoskeletal pain, postural distortions and biomechanical dysfunction. Barral and his international instructing team have trained healthcare professionals around the world.

“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem. The Visceral Manipulation therapist feels for the altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies Visceral Manipulation techniques.

How Many Sessions Does It Take?

As each person’s situation is different, the number of visits will vary. Many people experience significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions; others may require additional treatment. You and your practitioner will develop a plan based on your needs and how your body responds to treatment.

What Conditions Does Visceral Manipulation Benefit?

Acute Disorders

Whiplash

Seatbelt Injuries

Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries

 Digestive Disorders

Bloating and Constipation

Nausea and Acid Reflux

GERD

Swallowing Dysfunctions

Women’s and Men’s Health Issues

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis

Fibroids and Cysts

Dysmenorrhea

Bladder Incontinence

Prostate Dysfunction

Referred Testicular Pain

Effects of Menopause

Emotional Issues

Anxiety and Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Somatic-Visceral Interactions

Chronic Spinal Dysfunction

Headaches and Migraines

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Peripheral Joint Pain

Sciatica

Pain Related to

Post-operative Scar Tissue

Post-infection Scar Tissue

Autonomic Mechanisms

Pediatric Issues

Constipation and Gastritis

Persistent Vomiting

Vesicoureteral Reflux

Infant Colic

What Does it Feel Like?

Visceral Manipulation is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from where the pain is felt. Because of this, the practitioner searches for this pattern and the source, and treats the related tissues. The treatment is a gentle compression, mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues. As the source of the problem is released, the symptoms will start to decrease.

Emotions are Stored in the Organs

It is well documented that our emotions have a great impact on how our body functions, and this is greatly due to how receptive organs are to our feelings. Different emotions affect different organs. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder or heartburn, vomiting, feeling faint, ulcers, and serious diseases. When the brain receives negative emotions it sends tension to the related organs, the organ then sends tension back to the brain resulting in a vicious cycle. Conversely, a physically damaged or imbalanced organ can stimulate emotional upset. Visceral Manipulation can break this cycle, enhance the health of the organ, and restore emotional balance.

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