Visceral Manipulation Therapy consists of an innovative set of techniques that relieve stress on the ligaments and connective tissues that are interconnected with the internal organs in order to aid their functioning. Such techniques have long been part of Chinese and Tibetan traditional medicine. They were introduced into the Western medical repertoire in the 1970s, when a French osteopath, Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral, began experimenting with using them in his physical therapy work.
The viscera, or internal organs, are held in place by a deep tissue structure that is interconnected with each organ. Intense stress or trauma (such as that caused by accidents or falls) can result in constrictions within the visceral system that can actually put pressure on the internal organs and affect their functioning. Ninety percent of musculoskeletal disorders have a dysfunctional visceral component. Even negative or stressful emotions, if experienced on a regular basis, can affect these systems. Reduced organ function can lead to a host of specific medical problems, in addition to having a generally deleterious effect on overall health.
Visceral Manipulation Therapy uses gentle pressure applied to release the stress, inflammation, and tension in and around the internal organs. A trained and skilled practitioner tests the functions of the ligaments in order to determine where the restrictions lie, and then uses precise, anatomically specific techniques to release the tension affecting the restricted area. It is non-invasive, and no drugs or needles are involved. This simple procedure can free the organs to resume their normal function, resulting in marked improvements in health, particularly in chronic conditions.