Visceral manipulation is a type of therapy offered at Doctor of Women’s Health by highly skilled therapists trained by the Barral Institute. Visceral Manipulation was created by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral, head of the Barral Institute. Visceral manipulation can help the body with a wide range of disorders including:
Acute Disorders: Whiplash, Seatbelt Injuries, Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries, Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injuries
Digestive Disorders: Bloating and Constipation, Nausea and Acid Reflux, GERD, IBS, IBD
Women's and Men's Health Issues: Chronic Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis, Fibroids and Cysts, Dysmenorrhea, Bladder Incontinence, Prostate Dysfunction, Referred Testicular Pain, Effects of Menopause
Musculoskeletal Disorders: Somatic-Visceral Interactions (referred pain from the organs), Chronic Spinal Dysfunction, Headaches and Migraines, Peripheral Joint Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain
Pain Related to: Post-operative Scar Tissue, Post-infection Scar Tissue, Autonomic Mechanisms
Pediatric Issues: Constipation and Gastritis
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle form of manual therapy that helps to restore balance of motion within the body, specifically within the viscera (organs) and surrounding tissues. Tension or imbalance of motion in the viscera can occur from a variety of sources, including (but definitely not limited to) injury, surgery, trauma, disease, and stress. This can increase pain and dysfunction within the body, leading to further issues. Visceral manipulation can help to correct compensation patterns, decrease pain, and decrease guarding. Oftentimes, visceral function can improve as balance in the tissues and nervous system is restored.
Visceral manipulation is offered as individual treatment sessions or as an adjunct to regular pelvic floor therapy. Most patients find visceral manipulation very supportive in their healing process. It is well tolerated and very effective.