Visceral Manipulation (VM)

Visceral Manipulation

VIMis a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions that cause pain and dysfunction. ‘Viscera’ is the connective tissue that surrounds, supports and affords movement around every muscle, organ, nerve, bone & structure within the body.

Harmony and health exist only when motion is free and excursion is full

VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamic mobility of organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.

VM evaluates and treats by assessment of structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury.

Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a multitude of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body has to compensate for and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems. E.G. Adhesions formed from removal of a gall bladder may put abnormal tensions & altering rib motion, forcing restricted shoulder mobility, hence neck or head pain.  It is pointless just treating the headache; the source needs to be rectified by the use of VM around the adhesions

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. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

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 tissues. 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.For more information please contact Debbie