Visceral manipulation is a manual therapy developed by French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral. It consists of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera (the organs), their connective tissue and other areas of the body where motion has been impaired or restricted.
It can be used to treat a range of acute disorders, digestive disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, post operative scar tissue, men’s, women’s and pediatric issues, and emotional issues.
Motion is a sign of life itself, our bodies need movement to be healthy. This same principle applies to every structure in our body, for an organ to be healthy and have optimal function it needs to be able to move within its environment, to slide and glide in relationship to all the other tissues without restriction.
A restriction, fixation or adhesion to another structure, no mater how small, implies functional impairment of the organ. When a range of motion becomes restricted due to illness, injury, surgery or trauma, the body is forced to compensate for this lack of movement. In time this can create a domino effect with the rest of the body and be the cause of a seemingly unrelated issue, for example lower back or shoulder pain, knee issues, carpal tunnel or tennis elbow and headaches.