What Is Visceral Manipulation?
Visceral Manipulation addresses functional and physical imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments inside the abdomen and thorax. Visceral Manipulation increases movement within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
The History of Visceral Manipulation
Physicians and folk healers have manipulated organs since antiquity, but it was not until the last quarter of the 20th century that this art evolved into a science. French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral studied the rather rough manipulations of French folk healers, applied his Osteopathic knowledge to the organ support system, and over the years made large developments in the art and science of this technique.
What to Expect
Mobilization of organs feels rather strange. It can be done sitting or lying down. It usually doesn’t hurt at all, unless you have scar tissue limiting motion.
Who Benefits from Visceral Manipulation?
People who have experienced: whiplash, chest or abdominal sports injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injuries, digestive disorders, bloating and constipation, nausea and acid reflux, swallowing dysfunctions, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, bladder incontinence, effects of menopause, headaches and migraines, sciatica, post-operative scar tissue, constipation and gastritis, and prolapses of the rectum, vagina, and bladder.
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