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What Is Visceral Manipulation?

Have You Ever Experienced Visceral Manipulation?

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I’ll just go right out and say it – visceral manipulation is my FAVORITE kind of manipulation. Three cheers for VM!

So What IS Visceral Manipulation?

In physical therapy, there is often a lot of focus on the structure of the body; the bones, the muscles, the ligaments, the fascia. Something that can be overlooked is what the
organs are doing – cue visceral manipulation!

This wonderful, subtle, powerful form of physical therapy looks at the way the organs are moving in the body, and works to shift them or open up space around them in the surrounding tissues when appropriate. When we think about our organs (and let’s be honest, when was the last time you actually did?), we quickly realize they all need room to expand, shift, fill, and empty to fulfill their various functions. An excellent and easy example of this is our bladder – it needs to be able to fill up with urine, release it all the way, shift as necessary during pregnancy or other organ shifting occurences, and remain supple throughout the process.

Well moving organs mean well functioning organs. They are a vital key to our health, vitality, and wellbeing.

Throughout our lives, the tissues can become inflamed by any number of external forces, from trauma like an injury, to stress, to diet, to excessive exercise, and even repetitive movement. In response to this inflammation, our bodies begin to create new tissue to help repair the problematic area. It’s super cool that our bodies can do that, but the trouble is, that new tissue is often quite inelastic, effectively “locking” the parts of our body where this new tissue has developed in place. You may have noticed this happening on a small scale after a tough workout and you find yourself remarkably sore and stiff. That’s new tissue forming! Sometimes it’s great when that’s the idea you’re aiming for, but a lot of times, that new tissue can end up causing constriction and restriction in places best left free flowing and open. This is where Visceral Manipulation really shines!

As our resident VM expert Jill so kindly shared with us in the above video, the organs of our body are deeply interconnected with every other system in our body, so when we experience a challenge in one area, it could very possibly be related to/caused by an entirely different issue in another area. An example of this is a person exhibiting shoulder pain/tightness/constriction, when REALLY what’s going on is their stomach doesn’t have the space and freedom of movement it needs to do its job. Isn’t that just crazy cool? Our bodies are so incredible!

If you’re fascinated by this profoundly impactful and so subtle modality, we’d highly recommend you schedule a thorough assessment with Jill or one of our other highly qualified PTs to ascertain what’s truly going on with your body. You’ll be amazed at what a difference even just a couple of sessions of Visceral Manipulation can do for your body.

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To your health & happiness,

Doctors Sarah & Jereme and The Balance Within PT Team




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