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"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere"
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation works directly on the organs (the viscera); such as liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines etc. using subtle palpatory skills to increase the movement of the organs and to release adhesions and increase blood flow to the organs which increases their vitality and function. The organs are attached to spine though ligaments and are intimately connected to the musculo-skeletal system. As we move, the organs need to move also, to accommodate our everyday movements, ensuring that the organs do not get compressed. If the organs are not able to move adequately due to restrictions in the abdomen it causes tension and chronic holding patterns in the muscles and joints of the body. This is because the organs are the highest priority in the body and body wants to protect the organs doing what is called "hugging the lesion". It is for this reason that many long term chronic back problems often have a visceral component.

It is has been my experience, and the experience of many others, that if the organs are involved, but are not addressed as part of the treatment, then it is very difficult to resolve the problems in the spine. If you think that some visceral work may be the missing link in resolving your particular problems please do not hesitate to contact me so that we can discuss this possibility further. There are certain tests which can be quickly performed to show whether there is a visceral component to a muscular or back problem. Visceral manipulation is considered to at the leading edge of osteopathy, and was developed by french osteopath, Jean Pierre Barral.


More information can be found at the following website:

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