Visceral Manipulation Therapy

Macro close up of hands massaging female abdomen.Therapist applying pressure on belly.

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works with the visceral system to locate and alleviate any abnormal points of tension throughout the body.

Visceral Manipulation employs specifically placed gentle touch that alleviate tension by encouraging the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and the connective tissue that surround each of the body’s organ systems. The visceral system includes the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines.

Visceral Manipulation therapy is used to locate and solve problems that develop due to constrictions in the viscera which can have impacts throughout the body’s internal systems, as well as external musculoskeletal and fascial systems. It encourages your own natural mechanisms of healing, which improves the functioning of your organs, alleviates the negative effects of stress, and improves overall health, boosting resistance to disease.

Visceral Therapy is a therapeutic approach to relieving abnormal tissue tensions of and around your organs thereby promoting and improving organ function. The basic philosophy of Visceral Manipulation is that an organ in good health has good movement.

If a tissue becomes fixed or adhered, it will become a point of chronic irritation. Other tissues will pivot around that point in an effort to adapt to it. Their function will become altered as well. Altered motion creates organ dysfunction. Adhesions can form between organs and the surrounding tissues, which also attach to your bones. A longstanding adhesion can cause a chronic tension on the spine creating back pain, shoulder pain, and/or neck pain.

The therapist listens to your organ function, heat, movement, and lack of movement with a trained hand and thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The therapist listens for abnormal tissue tone and lines of tension, following these influences throughout your body. With specifically applied manual forces these tensions are released. By encouraging normal organ function, through the restoration of proper motion, organ function is enhanced, and the body can regain optimal health.

You may experience an increased awareness of an existing area of discomfort that you already have. Sometimes symptoms are recreated before they go away. Many times Visceral Manipulation is only experienced as an improvement in body function and a feeling of well-being.