Visceral Manipulation uses a gentle, specifically placed manual force. Visceral Manipulation is intended to encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera (organs), their connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiological motion has been impaired. This impairment can come from surgeries, illness/disease, physiological stress, inflammation, trauma, repetitive stressor’s, and food sensitivities/allergies.
Visceral Manipulation assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the lines of tension throughout the body that may be limiting dynamics of motion and suspension in the organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. Proprioceptive communication throughout the body is improved resulting in relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture, yielding revitalization.
“Utilizing specific techniques taught through the Barral Institute our advanced therapists possess the tools to evaluate how the abnormal tissue forces affect the normal body forces and treat effectively for restoration.”
A thorough evaluation of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal is vital for integrating ap-propriate treatment. Tension patterns form deep within the body through the fascial network, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This cascade facilitates fixed, abnormal points of tension and the body must then learn to move around them creating chronic irritation and ultimately leading to functional and structural problems.
There are definite links between somatic structures, such as the muscles and joints, the sympathetic nervous system, the visceral organs, the spinal cord and the brain. For example, the sinuvertebral nerves innervate the intervertebral disks and have direct connections with the sympathetic nervous system, which innervates the visceral or-gans. The sinuvertebral nerves and sympathetic nervous system are linked to the spinal cord, which has connections with the brain. In this way someone with chronic pain can have irritations and facilitated areas not only in the musculoskeletal system (including joints, muscles, fascia, and disks) but also the visceral organs and their connective tissues (including the liver, stomach, gallbladder, intestines and adrenal glands), the peripheral nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system and even the spinal cord and brain.