Visceral manipulation is a non invasive (no scalpels, no needles) treatment modality, aimed directly at the internal organs.

The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to recreate, harmonize and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanism for better health.” – Jean-Pierre Barral

What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral Manipulation is a very gentle, hands on technique that encourages normal movement of the internal organs and their connective tissue.

Our insides are somewhat more messy than the plastic models in biology classes. Bill Bryson describes it beautifully in his book The Body, A Guide for Occupants, as “packing your intestines in a hurry”. Luckily most of us never have to think about what we literally look like on the inside. Figuratively speaking, we are not very beautiful on the inside. Except maybe for surgeons.

Inflammation (infections, IBS, leaky gut) or trauma (accidents, surgery) can influence normal movement and cause restrictions. The natural healing process fixes whatever needs fixing as quick as possible, with more restrictive tissues. This causes tight, immobile scar tissue that restricts the normal movement (although small) of the affected organ. The affected organ’s immobility will directly influence neighboring organs and ultimately it may influence joint mobility and muscle length. In the long run this can lead to local issues (in the area) or global biomechanical imbalances that predispose you to injury down the line.

Organ mobility can be assessed and treated with visceral manipulation.

Visceral Manipulation benefits:

  • Decrease pain
  • Increase mobility (of the organ treated and the structures which where influenced by the organ)
  • Improves organ function
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved digestion
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How was Visceral Manipulation developed?

Visceral Manipulation was developed by French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral. He started his career as a physiotherapist working with patients in the Lung Disease Hospital in Grenoble. He trained under Dr. Arnaud, a lung specialist and master of dissection. He linked the postural complaints of his patients with the post mortem studies and state of their organs. This led him to develop visceral techniques. Barral’s career has taken him to England and the USA and he was named One of the top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium, by Times Magazine. He has taught since 1985 and still practices today.

Some of the problems that can benefit from Visceral Manipulation:

  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Chest/abdominal sports injuries
  • Nausea and reflux
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Chronic back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post operative scar tissue
  • Anxiety and depression