Visceral manipulation has been described as the “missing link” to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Whilst rolfers, massage therapists and physical therapists work on the muscles, fascia and joints from the “outside” of the body, visceral manipulation works from inside out, freeing up adhesions inter-connecting the organs. The freedom of movement between viscera indicates healthy physiology.
Specific conditions that visceral manipulation may improve on include sliding hiatal hernias, digestive complaints and structural problems (including scoliosis) that do not seem to be able to be fully corrected from the “outside”. The reason why this technique is used alongside others is because we recognize that a structural understanding and more mechanistic approach towards disease and treatment cannot be sufficient from the clinical cases we have seen.
Jean-Pierre Barral has said, “We also should not forget that we have a responsibility toward our patients, which should motivate us to work more and study harder every day”.
Visceral manipulation requires a sound understanding of anatomy before one can perfect its art. Increasingly, this tool will be utilized more and more by us once the “outside” body is free.