visceral manipulation of the abdomen
Visceral Manipulation was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. This modality assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body, with a core focus on the organs around the abdominal and pelvic cavities.
Visceral Manipulation is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, their environment, and the potential influence on many structural dysfunctions. The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to rebalance and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its ability for better health, thereby revitalizing a person, and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
There are many reasons for organs to lose their mobility including physical traumas, surgeries, sedentary lifestyle, infections, pollution, bad diet, poor posture and pregnancy/delivery. When an organ is no longer freely mobile but is fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to problems throughout the body – this is where VM can assist in the recovery process.
Visceral Manipulation has been shown to be effective for a large number of disorders and health concerns. Those experiencing musculoskeletal, nervous, vascular, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction could benefit from visceral manipulation