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.