Gentle Manual Therapy & Visceral Work

 

A gentle Manual Therapy approach, Visceral Manipulation using Functional Method Osteopathic Techniques is for anyone looking to find long-lasting ease and comfort in the body.

 

Recognizing that the body is always in motion, the practitioner delicately follows the body's guidance to find and address soft tissues whose treatment at this present moment will benefit the entire person. Resolving "stuckness" at an anatomically local level encourages proper movement of organs and related structures, and it allows the body to release protective patterns in the musculoskeletal system to transform stiffness or pain into smooth, pain-free ease in movement. 

 

Visceral Manipulation: "Viscera" refers to the layering system that allows organs (like the liver, intestines, lungs) and related structures (like the arteries and nerves) to smoothly glide and stretch around each other as the body moves. Loss of normal glide and/or stretch (let’s call this “stuckness”) is common. All of the internal organs attach to the musculoskeletal frame, and “stuckness” around organs will often be felt as musculoskeletal complaints. To avoid tissue damage where tissues are "stuck," we establish protective patterns without even realizing it, which can limit movement and cause pain elsewhere in the body. When this is the case, freeing the organs promptly relieves joints and muscles. 

 

An example: shoulder joint range can be drastically reduced when a lung isn't gliding properly over the diaphragm muscle; restoring lung glide can spontaneously resolve shoulder pain and stiffness. 

Visceral Manipulation can help with many common and uncommon problems. Here’s a small selection:

  • Whiplash, concussion, or seatbelt injuries

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Acid reflux and many other gastrointestinal issues

  • Spine or joint pain

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic pain

  • Anxiety and depression


Visceral Manipulation is a gentle Manual Therapy modality developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Find more information Here

 

Functional Method Osteopathic Techniques: subtle, low force, highly specific manual therapy assessment and treatment techniques designed to wake up proprioception and restore proper elasticity in soft tissues. 

Functional Methods for Manual Therapy is a selection of assessment and treatment tools taught by Jeffrey Burch, LMT. Find more information Here

 

In a Manual Therapy session, we do not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, which is often not the source (think of an oil slick on the ocean's surface from a leak in the ocean floor) and instead we follow the body’s priority list. The long-lasting benefits of using Functional Methods for Visceral Manipulation come from safely untangling the often-complex strains running through the body at a distance, which promotes the body’s restorative capacity and provides clients with a general sense of comfort and ease within the entire body.

 

* Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement, as this approach involves occasional standing and/or seated work.

45 Minutes...................   $60 60 Minutes...................  $75

75 Minutes ...................  $90

90 Minutes ...................  $105