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. uterus), and consequently the body systems with which they are associated (eg. reproductive). 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 & health problems, and improve function.

I have attended ‘VM1 & VM2, the Abdomen’ & ‘VM3, the Pelvis’ with the Barral Institiute UK. I also hope to study VM4, the Thorax in 2020, plus begin the Barral UK’s Neural Manipulation programme. The abdomen courses focus on treating the organs & digestive tract within (VM1) and behind (VM2) the abdominal cavity. The pelvic course addresses treatment of the pelvis, and organs within the pelvic cavity which help me efficiently address pelvic & urogenital issues. I have also taken shorter introductory VM courses on the abdomen & the thorax.

My training has covered treatment of the following organs/areas, and their supportive tissues: liver, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, small intestines, large intestines (bowel), kidney, spleen, omentum, peritoneum, abdominal sphincters, the pelvic floor, bladder, kidneys, ureters, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, prostate, rectum, sacrum and coccyx. VM may help address digestive issues/disorders, scarring & post-operative problems, hiatus hernia, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, body organs dysfunction, gall bladder issues/stones, coccydynia, sacral pain, incontinence, kidney stones, dysmenorrhea (period pain), fertility issues, dyspareunia (painful sex), minor prolapses/celes, hormonal imbalance/PMT, pelvic/groin/pubic pain, erectile dysfunction, bowel issues and referred ‘visceral pain’.

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 practices in Alton on the Hampshire/Surrey borders.

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