Visceral Therapy

“No matter how hard you would shake yourself jumping up and down; your organs stay pretty much into place.” – Right?

Common sense? Yes! – Consequences? Also yes!

Connections between your organs and the skeleton do exist

and, they can cause back problems, neck pains, or posture changes.

If this is the case, visceral therapy can help!

Sometimes, treating the muscles and articulations appears not to be enough to resolve symptoms. This is especially true when deeper tissues in the body are involved in the underlying mechanism of your discomfort, misalignment, and movement patterns.

The inside of the body affects the outside. Very often this insight is a gamechanger for pains and aches that resist therapy.

The visceral therapist is trained to find and release restrictions and disturbances in the relationship between internal organs or between internal organs and the musculoskeletal system. This encourages the normal movement and function of the organ and normalizes blood circulation and innervation.

Visceral therapy focuses on the internal structures in the body, these are the organs, heart, lungs, intestines, stomach, kidneys,… and their connective membranes and associated tissues.

How is the body composed?

  • The backbone with the ribs and their muscles keeps the organs tightly packed together in a flexible and solid container.
  • The organs are connected, covered, and supported by layers of fascia, pleura, and peritoneum and their visceral ligaments.
  • On top of that, every organ is covered with an individual fascia and creates an extra surface.
  • All these layers are covered with a thin layer of fluid to allow this whole system to slide, move, and settle in relation to the changing position of the body.
  • This whole system is under permanent pressure which squeezes everything together.

All these membranes and ligaments are connected with bones, joints, and muscles. Therefore they have to be flexible enough to allow the joints and muscles to move.

Every factor that affects the pressure in the system or limits the ability of organs to slide and move in their close quarters will influence the proper functioning of the body.

Which factors have an influence?

There are some; passive lifestyle, western diet, food allergies and intolerances, the consequences of this stomach bug you had five years ago, accidents, falls and other impacts, jarring forces involved in sports, car accidents, whiplash, emotional factors, the big factor “stress”, abdominal surgery including the appendix operation years ago when you were a kid, the scar of a c-section, pregnancy,… A lot depends on the question of whether your body can compensate or not.

How can visceral manipulation help you?

  • Back and neck pain, rib pain
  • Digestive issues, IBS, constipation, GERD, cramps, gas,…
  • Some cases of ischias
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sleep problems, some cases of insomnia
  • Restless legs
  • Menstrual problems, PMS
  • Recurrent bladder infections (not during an acute phase)
  • Fatigue, burn-out, low energy, poor concentration
  • Emotional overwhelm and stress
  • Stress-related conditions

Want to know if visceral therapy can help you as well? Contact me here!