Viscera is a term for the internal organs of the body, including the liver, stomach, intestines, and kidneys, etc. Visceral manipulation is a manual therapy technique concerned with mobility restrictions of the abdominal organs (viscera) and the surrounding network of the connective tissue (fascias, omenta, mesantery, etc).
This movement of organs is transmitted through fascia to other structures of the body. When you are healthy, all the structures move with fluidity.
Organs lose mobility due to physical trauma, surgery, lifestyle, infection, inflammation, posture, and pregnancy, among other causes.When an organ is restricted and fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This creates abnormal points of tension, and chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body.
Visceral manipulation evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem, which is not always the site of pain.
The technique involves a very light touch that utilizes compression, mobilization, and elongation of the soft tissues. As the source of the problem is released, the symptoms will start to decrease. This technique is used in combination with other treatments including exercise.
Commonly Treated Conditions
It can be a very effective form of treatment for many things including the following:
• Whiplash and seatbelt injuries
• Sports Injuries
• Spinal Dysfunction
• Low Back Pain and Sciatica
• Headaches and Migraines
• Joint Pain
• Digestive Disorders
• Acid Reflux
• Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
• Swallowing Dysfunctions
• Women’s and Men’s Health Issues (pelvic floor dysfunction)
• Menstrual pain
• Chronic Pelvic Pain
Note this list is not exclusive and you are welcome to call the clinic to discuss your individual needs.