Visceral Manipulation (organ-specific fascial mobilisation)
Visceral manipulation (i.e. Liquid Osteopathy), was developed by French Osteopath & Physiotherapist Jean-Pierre Barral. VM address bio-mechanical problems in and around the body’s internal organs (viscera) and their supportive tissues. VM uses refined palpation & detailed anatomical knowledge to assess any abnormality in the visceral system which may negatively affect the body organs (e.g. uterus), and consequently the body systems with which they are associated (eg. reproductive). Indirect myofascial techniques, and direct tissue stretches, are used to help release pathological tension, adhesion’s and unhealthy compensations in the viscera. The specialist techniques taught in VM work to encourage the normal motion, tone and function of the organs, helping to reduce associated pain/health problems, and improve function.
I have attended ‘VM1 & VM2, the Abdomen’ & ‘VM3, the Pelvis’ with the Barral Institute UK. I also hope to do further visceral & neural training with the Barral Institute in the future! The abdomen courses focus on treating the organs & digestive tract within (VM1) and behind (VM2) the abdominal cavity. The pelvic course addresses treatment of the pelvic & reproductive organs to help me effectively address pelvic & urogenital issues.
My training has so far covered treatment of the following organs/areas, and their supportive tissues: liver, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, small intestines, large intestines (bowel), kidney, spleen, omentum, peritoneum, abdominal sphincters, the pelvic floor, bladder, kidneys, ureters, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, prostate, rectum, sacrum and the coccyx. VM may help address digestive issues/disorders, scarring & post-operative problems, hiatus hernia, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, body organ dysfunction, gall bladder pain/problems, coccydynia, sacral pain, incontinence, kidney stones, dysmenorrhea (period pain), fertility issues, dyspareunia, minor prolapses/celes, hormonal imbalance/PMT, pelvic/groin/pubic pain, erectile dysfunction, bowel issues, endometriosis symptoms and referred ‘visceral pain'.