If you have been experiencing chronic abdominal pain, post surgery symptoms, digestive issues, excessive scar tissue formation, acid reflex or a hiatal hernia, you probably have been searching for solutions to find relief. As a manual therapist, my first suggestion would be to get your lab work done so you can rule out any serious medical conditions before searching for alternative therapies. Lab work may include blood work, hormone tests, vitamin /mineral deficiencies, possible food allergies, blood glucose levels, calcium, electrolytes, as well as liver and kidney function tests, etc.
If your symptoms are not related to a serious medical condition that requires medical care, than I would recommend exploring Visceral Manipulation as a therapeutic modality to support your healing journey.
Visceral Manipulation is an advanced form of manual therapy which is grounded in the principles of osteopathy and focuses on organ-specific fascial mobilization. This modality was developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, a Diplomate of Osteopathy, a Member of the Registre des Ostéopathes de France, a Physical Therapist, and Founder of the Barral Institute. Through his clinical work with thousands of patients, he created this modality based on organ-specific fascial mobilization to address some of the conditions noted above. And through work in a dissection lab, he was able to experiment with VM techniques and see the internal effects of the manipulations. Since then, thousands of patients across the globe have benefited from his work.
Visceral Manipulation treats a person’s functional and structural imbalances with an aim to affect their musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction. Our organs and their surrounding fascia, peritoneum, fluids, and connective tissue play a huge role in keeping our body in homeostasis. Visceral Manipulation techniques aim to bring the body back to alignment by working with the viscera and its corresponding structures; this allows for more mobility and removes restrictions in the body.