Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is a very specialized Fascial Release Technique focusing on the fascia around the organs in the body. Fascia is a very densely woven connective tissue covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs. This includes the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.

In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma, scarring, infection or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, sports injury, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effect on our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure on our bodies producing pain or restriction of motion of the organs. The fascia that surrounds the organs is continuous with the fascia that attaches to the skeletal frame. Therefore, visceral fascial restrictions can create spinal and peripheral joint dysfunction.

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral. At optimal health, the relationship between the organs (viscera) and structures of the body (muscles, membranes, fasciae and bones) remains stable despite the body’s endless varieties of motion. But when one organ can’t move in harmony with its surrounding viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against all the body’s organs and structures. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to move around. That chronic irritation, in turn, paves the way for disease and dysfunction
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Visceral Manipulation (VM) focuses on the fascial tissues that surround internal organs of the body caused by trauma, surgery, infection, inflammation and/or stress. Once these abnormal points of tension in the visceral fascial system have been identified, the therapist will apply a gentle force and follow the fascial tension three dimensionally with their hands to the restrictive barrier. Once at this restrictive barrier, very gentle oscillatory manipulations are made into the restriction until a release is felt.  These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. Once the release is complete, there will be a sense of lengthening and relaxation in the tissues.

Since visceral fascial restrictions occur due to trauma, surgery, infection, inflammation and/or stress, we look at each person as a unique individual and each case differently.  Depending on the individual, it may take one or several sessions to get the desired response especially if their symptoms have persisted for months or years. This gentle, manual technique treats the whole person, emphasizing the internal organs of the body.


Visceral Manipulation is very effective for treating the following conditions:

• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Spinal and rib cage pain
• Organ dysfunction
• Whiplash
• Sports Injuries
• Hip, knee & ankle pain
• Shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand pain
• Orthopedic Problems
• Fibromyalgia
• Temporomandibular Joint
• Emotional Difficulties
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems


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