Visceral Manipulation

    Dena Liebrecht and Visceral Manipulation

    Visceral Manipulation was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath & Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral.  At optimal health, the relationship between the organs (viscera) and structures of the body (muscles, membranes, fasciae and bones) remains stable despite the body’s endless range of movements. But when one organ can’t move in synchronization with its neighbouring viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works in opposition to all the body’s organs and structures. This discord creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to navigate which, in turn, paves the way for disease and dysfunction.

    Visceral Manipulation is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to identify and improve these irregularities throughout the body.  It utilizes specifically placed manual forces that endeavour to promote the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their respective connective tissues. The rhythmic motions of the visceral system are used to evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal body forces at work. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

    Comparative studies have found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for a wide variety of disorders:

    Acute Disorders

    • Whiplash
    • Seatbelt Injuries
    • Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries

    Digestive Disorders

    • Bloating and Constipation
    • Nausea and Acid Reflux
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
    • Swallowing Dysfunctions

    Women’s and Men’s Health Issues

    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Endometriosis
    • Fibroids and Cysts
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Bladder Incontinence
    • Prostate Dysfunction
    • Referred Testicular Pain
    • Effects of Menopause

    Emotional Issues

    • Anxiety and Depression
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Musculoskeletal Disorders

    • Somatic-Visceral Interactions
    • Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
    • Headaches and Migraines
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Peripheral Joint Pain
    • Sciatica

    Pain Related to

    • Post-operative Scar Tissue
    • Post-infection Scar Tissue
    • Autonomic Mechanisms

    Pediatric Issues

    • Constipation and Gastritis
    • Persistent Vomiting
    • Vesicoureteral Reflux
    • Infant Colic
      Dena Denali & Body Kneads of Okotoks Integrative Healing