When most of us think of the healing power of touch, we picture a therapist massaging muscle, releasing pent up tension and generating a feeling of well-being. But did you know stress affects not just our connecting tissues and muscles, but our internal organs as well? We have now discovered that many health problems can be treated by the massage therapy known as visceral manipulation, gentle movements designed to bring balance to the abdominal, pelvic and thoracic organs. Our viscera, organs such as the kidneys, liver and intestines are so vital to our survival that our bodies are designed to protect them first in the case of trauma or illness.

Your organs move as you move. This is normal, but if this regular fluid movement should be restricted through injury, bad posture, surgery or any health problem, then your organs...your most basic bodily functions...will not work or move properly. When the organs are restricted, the body’s natural defenses will limit any movements that may cause a pull or strain on the organ. Restrictions of the organs above the navel can result in pain and restriction in the upper body and limbs while restrictions below the navel can affect the lower back, hip, legs, knees and feet. For example, chronic left shoulder pain may be related to dysfunction or removal of the gallbladder while right shoulder pain or loss of mobility can be due to restrictions in the liver. Pain in the tailbone can be directly linked to restrictions of the sigmoid colon.

Physical traumas such as falls or motor vehicle accidents, surgeries (appendix, gallbladder, caesarian sections, tummy tucks) or illnesses, such as viruses, infections and diseases that cause inflammation can all result in visceral restrictions. By gently feeling for these restrictions in or around your organs, problem areas can be identified and a variety of symptoms alleviated simply by manual manipulation of the viscera. Visceral manipulation has also proven to be effective in the treatment of low back pain, scoliosis, hip, knee and foot pain, (especially for women who have had gynecological surgeries or traumatic child deliveries), gallbladder attacks, acid reflux, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness and other digestive difficulties.

By helping restore proper function to the organs through visceral manipulation, proper physical and emotional balance is achieved and stress levels are lowered as the body heals itself.