Synergy Healthcare: Visceral Manipulation

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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.

fixed abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation causes functional and structural problems.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Jean-Pierre Barral, a physiotherapist (RPT) and osteopath (DO), healthcare practitioners today can use the rhythmic motionsof thevisceralsystemas important therapeutic tools.Barral’sclinical work with the viscera led to his development of a form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, their environment, and the potential influence on many structural and physiological dysfunctions. The term he coined for this therapy was Visceral Manipulation. Visceral Manipulation relies on the palpation of normal and abnormal forces within the body. By using specific techniques, therapists can evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap, and affect the normal body forces at work.The goal is to help the body’s normal forces remove abnormal effects, whatever their sources. Those effects can be global, encompassing many areas of bodily function. How Does Visceral Manipulation Help You? Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism. Today, a wide variety of healthcare professionals perform Visceral Manipulation. Practitioners includeosteopathicphysicians,allopathicphysicians,doctorsofchiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists,massage therapists,andother licensedbodyworkers. How Is Visceral Manipulation Performed? Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of gentle manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues.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.

Acute Disorders Whiplash Seatbelt injuries Chest or abdominal sports injuries Concussion Traumatic brain injuries Digestive Disorders Bloating and constipation Nausea and acid reflux GERD Swallowing dysfunctions Women’s & Men’s Health Issues Chronic pelvic pain Endometriosis Fibroids and cysts Menstrual pain

Musculoskeletal Disorders Relationshipbetweenorgans&skeleton Chronic spinal dysfunction Headaches and migraines Carpal tunnel syndrome Peripheral joint pain Sciatica Neck pain Pain Related to Post-operative scar tissue Post-infection scar tissue Pediatric Issues Constipation and gastritis Persistent vomiting Vesicoureteral reflux Infant colic Emotional Issues Anxiety and depression Post-traumatic stress disorder

Bladder incontinence Prostate dysfunction Referred testicular pain

VM addresses functional and structural imbalances throughout the body includingmusculoskeletal,vascular,nervous,urogenital,respiratory,digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture, or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate.This creates

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