June 1, 2017

Visceral Manipulation

What is Visceral Manipulation?

The word “visceral” refers to the internal organs of the body, such as the kidneys, liver or bladder.

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a delicate, hands-on therapy using specifically placed manual forces to encourage normal movement of the organs, their supporting structures, fascia, nerves and blood flow.

VM has been part of medicinal cultures since pre-recorded times. Spanning from this, Jean-Pierre Barral created an institute dedicated to the research of 110,00 bodies and the teaching of VM as a way to work with the organs and their functions.

Why Would I Need it

VM is the practice of an experienced therapist using his or her hands to move and release fascial restrictions in your abdomen and pelvis to encourage the normal movement and function of your internal organs.  Most people are familiar with the idea of joint and muscle restrictions causing tightness, pain and limited movement in their bodies, but don’t consider the role of their organs Just like a tight muscle in the shoulder can affect the arm, a restriction in the liver can affect the function of the ribcage, shoulder and side of the core.

VM locates and alleviates abnormal points of tension through the organs, as the practitioner takes deep but comfortable contact into points of the body, using rhythmic and gentle mobilisations to release, compress or elongate the tissues.
It encourages your own natural self-healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the organs, counteract the negative effects of stress, allow greater movement and positively influence general metabolism and health.

This manual therapy can be the missing link in the treatment of recurring musculoskeletal pain, postural distortions and biomechanical dysfunction.


What is VM can help with:

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Pregnancy involves a lot of stretching and reorganizing of most everything in a woman’s abdomen; this happens gradually over nine months and the body amazingly figures out how to create space for a whole other person in there.  The issues can arise more during and after labour when everything is asked to change in a relatively short period of time.  There is a huge pressure change and all of a sudden organs can start dropping back down; whether they find their proper, functional place to be depends on how the labour went, how much damage there was to the supportive muscles and if any surgery was done.

C-Sections are a much more invasive surgery than most people realize, but any abdominal surgery will create ‘stickiness’ in the viscera.  As mentioned, your organs are bathed in a small amount of fluid to allow them to slide around as you move; any time you expose the abdomen to air and surgical lights it is bound to create some dryness or stickiness that restricts normal mobility of the organs.