Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy technique that assesses the relationship between the body’s organs (e.g. bladder, bowel, uterus, etc.) and others structures, like muscles, fascia, ligaments and joints.
The organs in our body have a certain range of movement that is normal, just like our joints, they need to move within a normal range so we can function. The movement of an organ can be restricted by surgical scars, adhesions, infection, illness, poor posture or traumatic injury. A restriction prevents the “gliding and sliding” action of the organ over other structures within the body, creating an area of fixation. Our body learns to accommodate by moving around this area of tension, and over time this repeated movement leads to chronic irritation and inflammation causing musculoskeletal, neural and visceral dysfunction.
Jean-Pierre Barral, a French Osteopath and Physical Therapist developed VM. Through his extensive knowledge of anatomy and precise palpation skills, he has created a highly sophisticated and specific manual therapy technique that restores normal visceral (organ) movement and function and helps to integrate the function or movement of the body as a whole.
As each person's situation is different, the number of visits will vary. Many people experience significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions; others may require additional treatment. You and your practitioner will develop a plan based on your needs and how your body responds to treatment.