Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual technique involving specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera (internal organs) and the connective tissue and ligaments that support each organ onto our skeleton.
Connective tissue should be loose enough to allow your stomach to expand when you eat, your lungs to open and accept air, your intestines to constrict and relax to move waste to your colon.
Congested or inflamed connective tissue impedes these small but significant movements. This creates visceral discomfort and dysfunction and can lead to restricted movement and pain in other parts of the body.
Visceral Manipulation FAQ
What conditions can visceral manipulation treat?
In studies, visceral manipulation has been known to be beneficial for many disorders, including:
Musculoskeletal disorders (sciatica, carpal tunnel, joint pain, neck pain, etc.)
Digestive disorders (GERD, nausea, constipation, etc.)
Emotional issues (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.)
Acute disorders (whiplash, concussion, sports injuries, TBIs, etc.)
Women’s health issues
Post-operative and post-infection scar tissue
Does visceral manipulation work?
Visceral manipulation has been shown to be effective for a large number of disorders and health concerns. Those experiencing musculoskeletal, nervous, vascular, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction could benefit from visceral manipulation.
How long does visceral manipulation take to work?
According to experts, the number of VM sessions it takes to see results varies from person to person. Based on your diagnosis and treatment needs, your therapist will be able to determine what is best for you. Many patients experience improvements in just a few sessions of visceral manipulation.
What are the side effects of visceral manipulation?
If performed by a skilled and trained practitioner, there should be little to no side effects to visceral manipulation. Some patients have reported experiencing some temporary soreness as well as headaches.
How does visceral manipulation feel?
Visceral manipulation is a gentle compression that can feel like a stretch or mild pressure in the abdomen. This stretching and compression may result in some mild warmth or tingling to the area due to increased blood flow.
Visceral manipulation contraindications
There are very few contraindications to visceral manipulation. Some of those contraindications include infection, inflammation, and signs of recent trauma. Our trained therapists take every precaution to ensure that you are safe.
Who can benefit from visceral manipulation?
Because visceral manipulation can be used to treat such a wide variety of conditions, visceral manipulation is beneficial to most adults. Our day-to-day lives and circumstances can often cause tissue restrictions and bodily imbalances over time. Visceral manipulation addresses those restrictions and imbalances and promotes bodily healing.