Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate abnormal points of tension throughout the body.

VM encourages the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. Practitioners use the rhythmic motions of the visceral system to evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal body forces at work. These gentle movements can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

How does Visceral Manipulation help you?

Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

How is Visceral Manipulation performed?

Performed fully clothed, a session typically lasts 60 minutes while being supported on a massage table.  Using touch, the practitioner evaluates the visceral system and assists in reducing restrictions as appropriate. Clients bring their own set of shorts and t-shirt to wear during the session.

How often should a Visceral Manipulation session be received?

The number and frequency of sessions received varies, yet a minimum series of three sessions is recommended.  Maintenance sessions, if needed, should be at intervals of every two to four weeks.

Visceral Manipulation may help with a wide range of issues, including:

Acute Disorders

  • Whiplash
  • Chest or abdominal sports injuries

Digestive Disorders

  • Bloating and constipation
  • Nausea and acid reflux
  • GERD
  • Swallowing dysfunctions

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Chronic spinal dysfunctions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Peripheral joint pain
  • Sciatica

Pain Related to

  • Post-operative scar tissue
  • Post-infection scar tissue
  • Autonomic mechanisms