Visceral Manipulation

“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, D.O., MRO(F)

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, hands-on therapy involving the use of specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera, its connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion is impaired.

Our body can be likened to a garden hose. If there are any blockages, kinks or restrictions in the hose, water will not flow efficiently. The same can be said for our bodies and the nervous system. If there are connective tissue/fascial restrictions in the body due to accidents, injuries or surgeries, scar tissue can build up and impede the inherent balance within the body. These blockages can affect the range of motion of visceral and musculoskeletal structures, as well as the flow of blood and lymph, and the transmission of impulses through the nerves. Releasing these restrictions can decrease pain, as well as restore mobility and overall health and wellbeing.

Benefits of Visceral Manipulation

Comparative studies have found visceral manipulation beneficial for the following:

Acute Disorders:

  • Whiplash
  • Seatbelt injuries
  • Chest or abdominal injuries related to sports

Digestive Disorders:

  • Bloating and constipation
  • Nausea and acid reflux
  • Swallowing dysfunctions

Women’s and Men’s Health Issues:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids and cysts
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Prostate dysfunction
  • Referred testicular pain
  • Effects of menopause

Musculoskeletal Disorders:

  • Somatic-visceral interactions
  • Chronic spinal dysfunction
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back, hip and knee pain
  • Sciatica

Pain Related To:

  • Post-operative scar tissue
  • Post-infection scar tissue
  • Autonomic mechanisms

Pediatric Issues:

  • Constipation and gastritis
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Infant colic

Emotional Issues:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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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

D.O., MRO(F)