What is Visceral Manipulation?
Believe it or not, this therapy has actually been around for a number of centuries, originally developed in China and Tibet .
Visceral Manipulation relieves imbalances and restrictions in the interconnections between the motions of all the organs and structures of the body.
Jean-Piere Barral RPT, DO built on the pioneering work of Andrew Taylor Still DO and William Garner Sutherland DO, to create this method of detailed
assessment and highly specific manipulation. I began training in Visceral Manipulation in 1996 but practice a variation in the greater context of
Tensional Release Therapy (see my thread).
The Therapeutic Value of Visceral Manipulation
Life and motion are intertwined. Although we can have motion without life, we cannot have life without motion. Of particular importance are those
motions, not ordinarily viable, that take place within the human body. They are linked to many levels of activity, from cellular pulsations to
rhythmic contractions of the heart, diaphragm, even the craniosacral system.
The visceral system relies on the interconnected synchronicity between the motions of all the organs and structures of the body. At optimal health,
this harmonious relationship remains stable despite the body's endless varieties of motion. But when one organ cannot move in harmony with its
viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against the body's other organs and muscular membranous, fascial and osseous
structures. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is force to move around. And that chronic irritation, in turn,
paves the way for disease and dysfunction.
Consider the fact that the liver and kidneys move about 600 meters a day under normal motion.
The lungs breath 24,000 times a day....the heart beats about 100,000 times a day.
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 rib motion, which could then create imbalanced for forces on the vertegral column and with time, possibly develop a
dysfunctional relationship with other structures. This scenario highlights just one of hundreds of possible ramifications of a small dysfunction,
magnified by thousands of repetitions each day.
Thanks to the dedicated work of Jean-Pierre Barral, an osteopathic physician and registered physical therapist, healthcare practitioners today can use
the rhythmic motions of the visceral system as important therapeutic tool s. Barral's research and clinical work with the viscera led to his
development of a form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, their environment, and their potential influence on many structural and
physiological dysfunctions. The term he coined for this therapy was Visceral Manipulation.
Visceral Manipulation relies on the palpation of normal and abnormal forces within the body. By using specific techniques, therapists can evaluate how
abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal body forces at work. The goal is to help the body's normal forces remove abnormal effects,
whatever their sources. Those effects can be global, encompassing many areas of bodily function.
if you find this interesting and have chronic pain you may need to search out someone with this experience.
here are some links.
encorporation of visceral manipulation and Rolfing
[edit on 14-5-2007 by junglelord]