What is Visceral Manipulation (VM)?

To function well, tissues in our body need to be mobile. This applies to our joints, but importantly also to our organs and their supportive structures (fascial attachments, nerves and blood vessels). Postural strains, physical traumas and chronic inflammation, for example, can all cause the normal mobility of these tissues to be lost.

Abnormal tensions or motion restrictions affecting organs can:

  • significantly impact body mechanics, with postural and motion compensations developing as the body tries to minimize these abnormal tensions and prevent any position or movement that would exacerbate them. This is why VM may be very effective in relieving some musculoskeletal restrictions and pains
  • alter organs function (physiology) by interfering with blood flow, lymphatic flow and nerve function. This may contribute to the development of functional disorders (e.g. IBS, period pain), and, in the longer term, actual pathologies.

VM involves gentle and precise mobilisation of organs and their supportive structures to eliminate abnormal tensions. It makes use of very low forces and high specificity, making treatments pain-free and well suited for all ages. VM shouldn’t be viewed as a separate treatment modality, but rather as an essential element of an integrative therapeutical approach to address dysfunction and pain in the body.

VM was largely developed by a renowned French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral, who still teaches his innovative work all around the world today. Natura Medica’s Osteopath, Nicolas Roost, is one of the most experienced practitioners of VM in Melbourne. He became certified in that modality (the first one to do so in Victoria) by the Barral Institute in September 2019. He is also a teaching assistant and study group leader in VM with the Barral Institute.