VISCERAL THERAPY

Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy consisting of light, gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These manipulations have the potential to affect normal physiological function of individual organs, the systems they function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.


We are composed of bony articulations, muscles which allow movement, and visceral structures which assure the function of the whole. Life is movement, rhythm, exchange and perpetual adaptation to new situations, assimilation and rejection, and defense. This is continuous up to the time of death, when all seems to come to a stop.


The vertebral column is an extremely important component of the body. Its resilience is due to the fact that it is a flexible and deformable structure. The healthy physiology of the viscera also depends on this capability of being deformed. The viscera of the abdominal cavity move freely with respect to each other because their enveloping serous membranes make up sliding surfaces. The groups of mobile viscera are contained in the abdominal, pelvic, thoracic and cranial cavities.


All pathology of the viscera results in what we will call visceral restrictions. When this happens, the viscera in question is no longer freely mobile in its cavity but is fixed to another structure. The body is forced to compensate for this situation, which leads to a functional problem and eventually, if the compensation is inadequate, to a structural problem.


Irritation, with time, creates inflammation. Inflammation causes tissues to produce exudate, which in turn forms adhesions. Adhesions by their constricting actions produce interference with normal circulation of blood and lymph. This creates congestion, which in turn affords a breeding ground for undesirable bacteria and accompanying fermentations and toxins.


Our intention is not to present Visceral Manipulation as a substitute for medical evaluation and treatment. Like any good form of therapy, the effects of Visceral Manipulation can be global and encompass many areas of bodily functions.