Barral | Visceral Manipulation

  • Barral InstituteVisceral Manipulation (VM) assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction.
  • It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments.
  • VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
  • Visceral Manipulation is useful for Back Pain, Strain, Sprains and other commonly presented issues.

“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Organ specific fascial mobilisations (VM) encourage the normal mobility & motility of the viscera.

Your organs are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch, your organs move in your chest and abdomen. For example, when you take a breath, your kidneys move one inch; and with deep inhalation, they move 4 inches. In a day, they move a little over ½ mile. That’s around 19,000 miles in a lifetime!

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues.
These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

This movement of organs is transmitted through fascia to other structures of the body. When you are healthy, all the structures move with an interconnected fluidity.
Optimum health relies on a harmonious relationship between the motions of the organs and other structures of the body.

There are many reasons for an organ to lose its mobility: physical traumas, surgeries, infections, and pregnancy/delivery to name a few.

When an organ is no longer freely mobile but is fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This compensation creates fixed, abnormal points of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body – musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urinary, respiratory and digestive, to name a few.
Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full – when motion is not labored, overexcited, depressed, or conflicting with neighboring structures and their mobility.

Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities.

Developed by Jean Pierre Barral, Osteopath, Teacher and Pioneer in Manual Therapy, Barral Visceral Manipulation is available at my practice from October 2015. 

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