Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Developed in France during the 1970’s, Barral began teaching Visceral Manipulation in the United States in 1985 and also offers courses in Canada.
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. This requires and assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.
Imagine an adhesion around the lungs. It would create a modified axis that demands abnormal accommodations from nearby body structures. For example, the adhesion could alter rib motion, which could then create imbalanced forces on the vertebral column and, with time, possibly develop a dysfunctional relationship with other structures. This scenario highlights just one of hundreds of possible ramifications of a small dysfunction – magnified by thousands of repetitions each day. Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed gives the greatest results. Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization. It can help alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including but not limited to:
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Back, hip and knee pain
- Repetitive strain injuries, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Whiplash and other physical trauma
- Shoulder periarthritis and capsulitis
- Restricted range of motion
- Acid Reflux and Heartburn
- Digestive disorders
Fees for Visceral Manipulation with Tina Newman:
45 mins. $75 incl. HST
60 mins. $90 incl. HST