What is Visceral Manipulation (VM)?
VM is a manual therapy consisting of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility and tone, as well as inherent tissue motion of the viscera, their connective tissue, and other areas of the body where physiologic motion has been impaired.
Why is VM necessary?
Tissues can lose normal motion when they are inflamed or are somehow connected to inflammation. The natural healing process involves local disruption of normal tissue fibers and their replacement with relatively inelastic granular tissue (scar tissue). Many factors can cause tissue inflammation: infections, direct trauma, repetitious movement, diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress.
Who is visceral appropriate for?
Visceral may be appropriate for patients with diffuse pain, deep pain or abdominal pain. Patients may attempt visceral mobilization if they have reached a plateau with traditional physical therapy techniques. Visceral may also be appropriate for patients with pelvic pain including those with urinary or bowel dysfunctions. Patients with chronic pain or a high sensitivity to pain may prefer visceral as it is a more gentle, yet powerful technique.