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Visceral Therapy

Visceral Therapy
Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Therapy


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.

Visceral Therapy

“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.

Visceral Therapy FAQ's

Our body is made up of many interrelated components such as bones, muscles, nerves, a thin connective tissue called fascia, as well as the internal organs, your viscera. Organs are in perennial motion. For instance, each time you inhale, your kidneys move one inch and with deep inhalation, they move up to 4 inches. In daily total they move almost a 1/2 mile! In a lifetime, about 19,000 miles.

Transmission of organ movement occurs through fascia to the other bodily structures. In a healthy person all structures move with an interconnected fluidity. Movement is vital and influential to the activities throughout the body from the tiniest cellular pulsation to the pumping of your heart. The synchronized relationship between the visceral movement and the other structures in the body allows for optimal health.

A decrease in movement of the viscera can occur from physical trauma, surgeries, infections, inflammation, sedentary lifestyle, pollution, poor posture, poor nutrition, pregnancy/delivery. When the organ is no longer freely moving but is fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate creating disharmony. Abnormal lines of tension and chronic irritation lead to functional and structural problems throughout the body.

Let’s take the lungs for instance. Picture adhesions around the lungs. Now picture attempting to take a deep breath. The adhesions would alter the mechanics of the breath. Over time, breath after breath, this altered motion can lead to a shift in the ribs, pulling on the spine. Your symptom may show up as mid-back or neck pain, maybe even shoulder pain. Your “driver” or your “why” however, is the adhesion. Repetitions of any small dysfunction can manifest. This is one of thousands of possibilities within the body.

The intelligent evaluative tools designed by Jean-Pierre Barral and possessed by our therapist are used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. All the while encouraging your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your viscera, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

Utilization of gentle manual forces specifically placed on the body with intent to encourage normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissue. Improving the functioning of the individual organ and the systems the organs function within Visceral Manipulation can improve structural integrity of the entire body as global re-patterning occurs.

Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full. Therapists performing Visceral Manipulation have been extensively trained to assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities. They are trained to evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their function in relation to overall harmonious patterns, with motion serving as the gauge for determining quality.

The visceral tissue is delicate and often highly reactive. Gentle force directed meticulously reaps the greatest benefits. With Visceral Manipulation the goal is to only assist the forces already at work within the body. With this focus the trained therapist can assure they are benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.

The nervous system loves this treatment. It is a very gentle hands on manual therapy. Often, the symptom we are experiencing, is far from the actual source of the dysfunction. Why? Well, think of a big rock in the middle of a river, as the water gets to the rock it moves around it, not through it. When we have a dysfunction present our body is like the water and wants to move around it to allow us to continue with our daily life thus creating compensatory patterns. The amazing body will continue to do utilize compensatory patterns until it can’t anymore. This is when pain/symptoms occur. Your therapist has extensive training in searching for the rock and treating accordingly.

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