Elizabeth Arias, PT, LMT
Whiplash & Seatbelt Injuries
Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
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Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
Women's & Men's Health Tissues
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Fibroids & Cysts
Pediatric Health Issues
Anxiety & Depression
'Viscera' relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body's ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem. The VM therapist feels for the altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies VM techniques. VM therapy re-establishes the body's ability to adapt and restore itself to health.
As each person’s situation is different, the number of visits will vary. Many people experience significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions; others may require additional treatment. You and your practitioner will develop a plan based on your needs and how your body responds to treatment.
VM is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Underneath the pain or diagnoses is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from where the pain is felt. Because of this, the practitioner searches for this pattern and the source, and treats the related tissues. The treatment is a gentle compression, mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues. As the source of the problem is released, the symptoms will start to decrease.
It is will documented that our emotions have a great impact on how our body functions, and this is greatly due to how receptive organs are to our feelings. Different emotions affect different organs. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder or heartburn, vomiting, feeling fait, ulcers, and serious diseases. When the brain receives negative emotions, it sends tension to the related organ. The organ then sends tension back to the brain resulting in a vicious cycle. Conversely, a physically damaged or imbalanced organ can stimulate emotional upset. VM can break this cycle, enhance the health of the organ, and restore emotional balance.
Jean-Pierre Barral is an Osteopath and Registered Physical Therapist from France. He first became interested in the movement of the body (biomechanics) while working at the Lung and Disease Hospital in Grenoble, France with Dr. Arnaud, a recognized specialist in lung diseases and a master cadaver dissection. Barral was able to follow patterns of the stress in the tissues of cadavers as he studied biomechanics in living subjects. This introduced him to the visceral system, its potential to promote lines of tension within the body, and the notion that tissues have memory. Barral’s clinical work with the viscera led to his development of this form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, their fascial environment, and the potential influence on the structural and physiological dysfunctions. He named his therapy Visceral Manipulation.
Jean-Pierre Barral began teaching Visceral Manipulation in the United States in 1985. Since then, he has trained a team of international instructors that teach around the world. He has authored numerous professional textbooks and a book for the general public, “Understanding the Messages of Your Body.”