Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation was developed by world renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral.

Barral’s clinical work with the viscera led to his development of a form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, the environment and their potential influence on many structural and physiological dysfunctions. An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera/organs can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems. Imagine an adhesion around the lungs. It would create a modified axis that demands abnormal accommodations from nearby body structures. For example, the adhesion could alter the rib motion, which could create imbalanced forces on the vertebral column, and with time, possibly develop a dysfunctional relationship with other surrounding structures.

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissue. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. Mobility of the musculo-skeletal system can also be improved as the organs are attached and suspended from the system via fascia or ligaments; and releasing these attachments can free up restrictions in the musculo-skeletal structures.

Conditions the Visceral Manipulation address:

  • Whiplash

  • Seatbelt injuries

  • Concussion

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Chronic pelvic pain

  • Chronic spinal dysfunction

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Peripheral joint pain

  • Sciatica

  • Neck pain

  • Pain related to post-operative scar tissue

  • Pain related to post infection scar tissue