Visceral Manipulation & Neurofascial Mobilisation

Visceral manipulation (VM) was developed by French Osteopath & Physiotherapist Jean-Pierre Barral to address bio-mechanical problems in and around the body’s internal organs (viscera) ans their supportive tissue. VM uses refined palpation & detailed anatomy knowledge to assess any abnormality in the visceral system which may negatively affect the organs (eg. kidney), and consequently the body systems with which they are associated (eg. urinary). Indirect myofascial techniques, and direct stretches, are used to help release pathological tension, adhesion’s and unhealthy compensations in the viscera. The specialist techniques taught in VM work to encourage the normal motion, tone and function of the organs, helping to reduce associated pain and health problems.

I have attended VM1-The Abdomen by Barral Institiute UK; I am also booked in to attend VM2-(Advanced) Abdomen in June 19, which will add some extra techniques to my abdominal toolbox and also covers the very rear of the abdominal cavity. I have also taken introductory VM courses on the abdomen, the thorax and a Visceral Release seminar. I hope to study VM3-the Pelvis in 2020.

My training has covered treatment of the liver, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, small intestines, large intestines (bowel), kidney and abdominal sphincters. VM may help address digestive issues/disorders, scarring & post operative problems, poorly functioning body organs/systems and chronic pain in the abdomen, thorax, back, hips, pelvis and shoulders, which may not respond to conventional treatment.

Neurofascial Mobilisation (Fascia Manipulation for Nerves)

Neurofascial mobilisation (NM) is a fascinating, and clinically extremely useful branch of Visceral Manipulation. Jean-Pierre Barral, DO originally developed indirect myofascial techniques to ‘free up’ nerves in their nerve bed (nerve sheath). Other therapists further developed his work to include new techniques, insights and movements to help restore the nerves ‘slide’ by breaking myofascial adhesions. I trained with Stephen Goldstein BSc, one of the pioneers of nerve manipulation and director of the Fascial Therapy Institute of Australia.

Although manipulative therapists are well trained in helping release nerve root impingement (in the spine), there are many other places the major nerves can get impinged causing pain, paraesthesia (tingling), dysfunction and muscle weakness. NM teaches the best techniques, and nerve access points, to quickly free up these impingement’s to address many nerve impingement syndromes, as well as RSI’s and muscle tension aggravated by nerve impingement. NM can give lasting relief from many painful conditions helping avoid the need for invasive surgery with conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome & cubital tunnel syndrome, as well as dramatically improving sciatica treatment results! NM can be used used to free up stuck or impinged nerves in the pelvis, glutes, neck, chest, wrist, arms & legs.

Visceral Manip

Alton Advanced Bodywork is Kipp Clark; an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist and specialist in Chronic Pain Treatment who treats clients in Alton, Fleet, Hampshire and Surrey.

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