What is Visceral Manipulation?
“Viscera” refers to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation or VM, is a gentle hands-on therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that can cause pain and dysfunction. VM does not solely focus on the site of the pain or dysfunction but evaluates your entire body to find the source of the problem. As a VM therapist, Dan tests and palpates for altered or decreased motion of your viscera as well as other restrictive patterns throughout your body and then applies VM techniques to help your body’s ability to adapt and restore itself to health.
Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft hands-on treatment to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera (internal organs) and their connective tissues. By using specific techniques, Dan evaluates how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect your body’s optimal functioning. The goal is to help your body’s normal forces remove abnormal tensions or strains, whatever their source. Effects can be global, encompassing many areas of bodily function. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of your entire body.
Dan uses Visceral Manipulation to assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities. They also evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their functions in relation to an overall harmonious pattern, with motion serving as the gauge for determining quality.
Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, precisely directed gentle force reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained practitioners can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.
If you have questions about this therapy, please contact Dan. You may also find additional helpful information at www.BarralInstitute.com.