Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders.  March 14, 2019

Visceral Manipulation focuses on the membranous connections between structures of the body, primarily of the organs. It also addresses the connections between joints of the spine, ribs and pelvis.

The organs form during the first 3 months of pregnancy.  As they mature, they move to their designated positions and are held in place my membranous structures.  In a healthy unrestricted body, each organ have a rhythmic motion (motility) that reflect a gentle and subtle oscillation back and forth along it’s fetal path of migration from its origin to its final position. An unrestricted organ has a range of motion in all directional planes as well as in various directions of rotation (mobility).

The application of Visceral Manipulation assesses motility and mobility of organs and facilitates freedom to move should motility and mobility become restricted by over use, disuse, disease and trauma: physical, physiological or emotional. Facilitation through Visceral Manipulation encourages the body’s natural mechanics to improve overall function.

Restrictions can affect the organs normal function. They can also inhibit the function of other organs or overall mechanics and physiology of the body via the connective tissue membranes that interconnect the body.

Visceral Manipulation training is intended for licensed or certified healthcare professionals or students training towards such credentials.

The Visceral Manipulation curriculum is divided into a series of weekend sessions.

VM1 study the models and theories of abdominal functional biomechanics: evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction in the abdominal cavity: liver, stomach, small and large intestine, and their relationship to musculoskeletal structures.

VM2 explores deep abdominal structures: kidneys, pancreas, spleen, greater omentum, and peritoneum.

VM3 looks at the pelvis, scarum, coccyx, bladder, uterus, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pelvic plexus and reviews the kidney and ureter.

VM4 looks at the thorax: neck and shoulder girdle, trachea, thyroid, thymus, trachea, bronchus, esophagus, brachial plexus, phrenic nerve, ribcage, thoracic spine, lungs and pericardium.

Other course in visceral manipulation considers temperature variations in the tissue as well as emotional conditions related to the

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