“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction.
Visceral Massage can benefit (VM)
How does it works?
Most of our internal organs are muscular tubes or muscular sacs. Internal organs have involuntary muscle, smooth muscle. We can’t voluntarily control them, but muscular organs can hold tension, just like skeletal muscle.
Muscular organs include small intestine, large intestine, stomach, bladder, gallbladder, heart, spleen, uterus. The tension in the viscera (internal organs) can cause abdominal pain, back pain, hip/leg pain, migraines, or pain anywhere.
Trigger points can form in the tense muscle fibers, creating tension and/or referred pain in any other part of the body.
Non-muscular organs can become hardened. Internal organs can form adhesions: small fibers that abnormally attach structures that should be separate.
The liver is often hardened and adhered to the respiratory diaphragm. Releasing the adhesions allows the diaphragm to move more easily, so breathing deepens. Liver function may improve as well.
The liver and gallbladder can have trigger points that refer pain to the neck and shoulders.
Non-muscular organs (kidneys, liver, lungs, and pancreas) can become hardened. This probably inhibits blood flow. Organs can form trigger points, referring pain and/or tension elsewhere. Viscera can become stuck together (adhesions), inhibiting their movements. They can become stuck to the diaphragm, ribs, pelvis, and spine.
Organs are supposed to slide up/down with each breath, getting a little massage each time you breathe. Tense, hardened, glued- together viscera cement you into postural distortion: upper body stooped forward, low back deeply curved, one shoulder pulled down, etc.
VM therapy re-establishes the body’s ability to adapt and restore itself to health.
How Visceral Massage is done?
Abdominal muscles are massaged first until they’re relaxed enough to permit massage of the organs. Viscera is then massaged to relieve tension, and to gradually separate adhesions. No sudden movements are used. Lying with your knees and hips bent creates slack in the abdominal muscles, allowing deeper treatment.
Severe pain in abdominal area, fever, muscle inflammation, local contra-indications are things like bruises, recent scar tissue, sprained ankle etc.