Visceral Manipulation is a highly specialised therapeutic approach for the treatment of pain and dysfunction. It encourages the normal mobility of the internal organs, also called viscera, and their connective tissuesaround them such as muscles, blood vessels and nerves. All tissues must be free to move in their anatomical way to prevent disease and dysfunction. However, often our organs lose their normal mobility becoming tight and unable to move as they should within the body. When this happens the organs can give rise to symptoms and pain syndromes which can often mimic other common ailments or pains. These may be conditions like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraine and even sciatica. There are also situations where spinal dysfunctions compromise the normal harmony of the viscera leading to pain and dysfunction.
Different factors may contribute to our viscera losing their normal mobility; including: physical trauma, surgery, lifestyle, infection, diet, posture and pregnancy. These factors causethe development of adhesions and myofascial contractions hampering the normal mobility of the viscera.
Visceral manipulation techniques are very gentle and are useful for even the most stubborn of conditions, often where other treatments have failed. The techniques combine gentle compression, oscillating mobilisations and elongation of the viscera, surrounding soft tissues, and nervous system. Visceral manipulation techniques restore normal mobility to the viscera improving nutrition, blood flow and nerve conduction. This improved metabolic environment will release unhealthy restrictions and ultimately decrease pain and dysfunction in the whole body.
Conditions that visceral manipulation can be used to treat include:
- Migraines and Headaches,
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain,
- Chronic Fatigue,
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders,
- Orthopedic Problems,
- Car accident injuries,
- Sports-related pain,
- Back pain,
- Digestive issues,
- Scar tissue problems that are common after surgery and c-sections,
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
- Chronic period pain,
- and many others
How Does it feel?
Visceral Manipulation should feel very gentle. However, it can have a very strong effect sometimes leaving the patient feeling very tired. The treatment can also make a patient feel energised. It is largely dependent on the presenting condition and the dosage offered by the treating therapist, physio or Osteopath.
Is it for everyone?
The treatment rarely has any side effects and therefore can be used to treat any condition. However, in keeping with evidence based practice, at Core Body Clinic we carefully select the most appropriate treatment to ensure we are successful in treating our patients.