Visceral Manipulation, taught by the Barral Institute, involves evaluation and treatment of precise areas of the fascial support systems around the organs. This technique involves "listening" to the body to determine areas of restriction, and treatment by gentle hands-on techniques to establish normal movement and function of the organs.
80% of musculoskeletal issues have a visceral component. If structural work on your symptomatic area only gives you temporary relief, visceral work may find and relieve the root of the problem for lasting pain relief. Finding and relieving restrictions in the digestive tract or pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, ovaries or prostate) can alleviate many digestive issues and/or pelvic issues without medication.
Visceral manipulation is also an evidence-based treatment for diastasis recti, the opening of the abdominal musculature commonly following pregnancy. Approximately 30% of women find that their muscles do not "close" after pregnancy, resulting in a pregnant appearance and often associated with low back pain, incontinence, and other women's health issues. These symptoms are often related to restrictions in the connective tissues surrounding and protecting the abdominal organs, so relieving these restrictions is very effective for closing a diastasis.
I have attended VMI, VM2, VM3, and VM4.
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