‘Viscera’ relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. VM does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction. The PT evaluates the entire body to find the source of the pain. The VM therapist feels for the altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies VM techniques. VM therapy re-establishes the body’s ability to adapt and restore itself to health.
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
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.
What Does It Feel Like?
VM is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Underneath the pain is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from where the pain is felt. Because of this, the practitioner searches for this pattern and source, and treats the related tissues. The treatment is a gentle compression, mobilization, and elongation of the soft tissues. With the source of the problem released, the symptoms may start to decrease, unless there are multiple issues present at the same time.
Emotions Are Stored in the Organs
It is well documented that our emotions have a large impact on how our body functions, and this is greatly due to how receptive organs are to our feelings. Different emotions affect different organs. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder or heartburn, vomiting, feeling faint, ulcers, and, sometimes, serious diseases. When the brain receives negative emotions it sends tension signals to the related organ, and the organ then sends tension back to the brain resulting in a vicious cycle. Conversely, a physically damaged or imbalanced organ can stimulate emotional upset. VM can break this cycle, enhance the health of the organ, and restore emotional balance.
Visceral Manipulation Benefits:
- Whiplash & Seatbelt Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Spinal Dysfunction
- Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
- Headaches & Migraines
- Joint Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Acid Reflux
- Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
- Swallowing Dysfunction
- Women’s & Men’s Health Issues
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Fibroids & Cysts
- Some Forms of Anxiety & Depression
Information Provided by the Barral Institute