Visceral Manipulation encompasses a wide variety of techniques, however, it could be thought of as fascial release to the deep structures of the abdomen and thorax. Fascia not only runs between and around layers of muscles in our body, but also around our organ systems. It is part of what keeps our liver right where it should be, and not falling down into our right hip when we go for a run.
Why might we want to address the fascia in our abdomen? Well, abdominal fascia can get tight and restricted just like any other fascia in the body, which leads to abnormal loading and pulling in the body. With the prevalence of abdominal surgeries in our society (c-sections, appendectomies, etc) it is not uncommon for people to develop restrictions/adhesions in this area, which can ultimately lead to symptoms either locally or more widespread. Fun fact: did you know some of the fascias in our abdomen connect up into the neck, and even tongue?
If you are interested in learning more about Visceral Manipulation, and the main developer of this technique, Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, click here.