Visceral Manipulation was developed
by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral. At optimal health,
the relationship between the organs (viscera) and structures
of the body (muscles, membranes, fasciae and bones) remains
stable despite the bodyís endless varieties of motion. But
when one organ canít move in harmony with its surrounding
viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it
works against all the bodyís organs and structures. This disharmony
creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is
forced to move around. That chronic irritation, in turn, paves
the way for disease and dysfunction.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is
a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the bodyís visceral
system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs)
to locate and alleviate these abnormal points of tension throughout
VM employs specifically placed
manual forces that work to encourage the normal mobility,
tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues.
Trained practitioners use the rhythmic motions of the visceral
system to evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap
and affect the normal body forces at work. 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.
Barral, R.P.T., D.O.