Visceral Manipulation (Organ-specific fascial mobilization)

Visceral manipulation (VM), also known as ‘Liquid Osteopathy’, was developed by French Osteopath & Physiotherapist Jean-Pierre Barral. VM address bio-mechanical problems in and around the body’s internal organs (viscera) and their supportive tissues. VM uses refined palpation & detailed anatomical knowledge to assess any abnormality in the visceral system which may negatively affect the body organs (eg. kidney), and consequently the body systems with which they are associated (eg. urinary). Indirect myofascial techniques, and direct tissue 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 & VM2, The Abdomen by Barral Institiute UK; I am also booked on to VM3-The Pelvis in September 19, which will better qualify me to address pelvic & genito-urinary issues. I have also taken introductory VM courses on the abdomen, the thorax plus a Visceral Release seminar. I hope to study VM4-The Thorax in 2020 plus begin the Barral UK’s Neural Manipulation programme.

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

Recommended reading:
A Pathway to Health: How Visceral Manipulation Can Help You; Alison Harvey
Understanding the Messages of Your Body: How to Interpret Physical and Emotional Signals to Achieve Optimal Health; Jean-Pierre Barral

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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