Visceral Manipulation & Neurofascial Mobilisation

Visceral manipulation (VM) was developed by French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral to address bio-mechanical problems in and around the body’s internal organs (viscera). VM uses highly refined palpation skills to assess any abnormality in the visceral system which may negatively affect the organs, and consequently the body systems with which they are associated. Gentle myofascial techniques are used to help the body release adhesions and correct unhealthy compensations in the viscera. VM employs specifically placed manual forces that work to encourage the normal motion, tone and function of the organs.

Visceral release (VR) is a collection of other techniques used to address bio-mechanical problems in the body’s organs. Techniques such as spontaneous release, pointed pressure therapy (PPT), compressive pumps, visceral mobilisations and stretch releases are used to address visceral problems restore correct organ alignment and functioning.

VM and VR are helpful in addressing pelvic, thoracic & abdominal pain, scarring and post operative problems, acid reflux/heartburn, indigestion, women’s health issues, IBS, endometriosis, paediatric problems, infertility, Crohn’s disease, gall stones and traumatic injury to the body’s trunk. VM/VR can also help address disorders of the organs including the liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, uterus, bladder, lungs, intestines, stomach and bowel.

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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