Just like our bodies need movement to be healthy, our organs need movement to be healthy too. Some of your organs move a little, like your liver and kidneys that move slightly up and down with your diaphragm when your breathe, and some of your organs move a lot, like your small and large intestine that moves with peristalsis to move food and lengthen when you stretch sideways or rotate. With visceral manipulation, your organs are moved, passively by your physio or active-assisted while you move with your physio. This encourages healthy movement of the organ being treated and the surrounding organs too.
Our internal organs are supported by visceral ligaments, which attach it to a bone, each other or a muscle. Visceral ligaments are richly supplied by nerves and can cause significant amounts of pain. When we release restriction from the visceral ligaments you’ll experience a decrease in your pain. Once the harmony is restored the organs can function optimally.
Our abdominal cavity is subject to two distinct pressure forces. The negative pressure from the thoracic cavity and the positive pressure from the lower abdomen. When one of these forces “win”, by pulling stronger than the other, you can suffer from a hiatus hernia or gastric prolapse. Most importantly pressure imbalances limit blood supply and lymph drainage from your organs. With organ manipulation, all of this can be restored to normal.
If you have had abdominal surgery, like an appendectomy, laparotomy, diaphragmatic or inguinal heria repair or cesearian these pressure systems are compromised. The serous fluid, which lubricates the abdominal cavity and allows the organs to glide over one another, is lost. Once the tubes of the small intestines can’t glide over one another the peristalsis can be less efficient in moving digested food from the small to the large intestine. This may feel painful a few hours after meals at the area of restriction. This may influence the stomach’s mobility, the gastroesophageal junction and the left kidney, leading to left sided shoulder or neck pain.