Visceral Manipulation

Multi-Symptom Relief Through Gentle Hands-On Therapy

Visceral manipulation is a hands-on technique that can address many health challenges. Learn more about this specialized technique and see if it can help you.

Wide-ranging relief

Many Symptoms? One Fix.

Visceral Manipulation uses careful palpitations to find areas of restriction or contraction in the abdomen. Because so many of our essential organs and tissues are in the abdomen, visceral manipulation can alleviate pain or challenging disorders tied to other areas of the body.

Men’s and women’s reproductive health issues, emotional difficulties and depression, sleep challenges, and immune disorders can benefit from Visceral Manipulation. If you have any health challenge that has been difficult to treat, we invite you to visit Synergy Healthcare in Spokane Valley to try Visceral Manipulation. It’s truly amazing how many disorders can find relief through this gentle therapy

Say goodbye to digestive disorders

Extremely Effective for Digestion

As you might expect, the manipulation of the abdomen can have significant effects on digestive disorders. Everything from bloating, constipation, nausea, and acid reflux to GERD can see improvement through the gentle palpitation of the organs.

The best thing is that you can learn to do this therapy on yourself to help manage digestive disorders that have been challenging you. Reach out to an Occupational Therapist at Synergy Healthcare and let them show you how.

“I was recommended to see Shauna by my naturopath for failure to respond to acid blockers for my reflux.  I had failed almost 2 years of therapy and would need surgery if they couldn’t stop the acid coming from my stomach to my esophagus.  I underwent the visceral manipulation therapy and was taught how to do it myself.  I have to say the treatment was miraculous.  Hard to describe the sense of calm my body felt when everything was moving in the right direction and functioning properly.  I really appreciated the integrated approach and personal care I received at Synergy.  I feel like I’m getting better every day, and I thank Shauna so much for her intuitive and knowledgeable care.”

Deeanna J.

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What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral manipulation is a gentle, hands-on manual therapy used to help your internal organs (viscera) glide smoothly within your body. It evaluates and treats the organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments inside the abdomen and thorax. The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to re-create, harmonize, and increase appropriate communication within and between the organs and systems of the body. It treats a person’s functional and structural imbalances intending to affect many body systems – musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction. You may be referred to a occupational therapist who can use this technique to treat abdominal pain, constipation, cramps, indigestion, and much more.

How Does Visceral Manipulation Work?

Your internal organs are surrounded by connective tissue that holds them in place in the body. Healthy connective tissue should move easily to allow organs to slide on each other when you rotate or flex your torso. Connective tissue should be loose enough to allow your stomach to expand when you eat, your lungs to open and accept air, and your intestines to constrict and relax to move waste to your colon. Congested or inflamed connective tissue impedes these small but significant movements. This creates visceral discomfort and dysfunction, leading to restricted movement and pain in other body parts.

Simply put, Visceral Manipulation is the act of ‘listening’ to the tissues through the hands of a skilled occupational therapist. Through manual listening techniques, the trained hands of an experienced practitioner feel where the tissues are pulling toward an area of restriction and the areas where the body is not moving. They can then help these restrictions gently relax, increasing normal movement to the site.

Visceral Manipulation can help provide relief to those experiencing the following conditions:

Patients who benefit from Myokinesthetic Therapy have typically experienced one of the following:

  1. Neck Pain and Whiplash
  2. Seatbelt Injuries
  3. Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
  4. Concussion
  5. Traumatic Brain Injuries
  6. Bloating and Constipation
  7. Nausea and Acid Reflux
  8. GERD
  9. Swallowing Dysfunctions
  10. Somatic-Visceral Interactions
  11. Scoliosis
  1. Chronic Pain
  2. Fibromyalgia and other Connective Tissue Disorders
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  4. Peripheral Joint Pain
  5. Sciatica
  6. Sports Injuries
  7. Pain Related to Post-Surgical Dysfunction
  8. Pain Related to Post-infection Scar Tissue
  9. Pain Related to Autonomic Mechanisms

Does visceral manipulation work?

Yes! While more testing and study is being done, initial studies have shown that Visceral Manipulation is effective for many health concerns – including pelvic floor disfunction, long-term low back pain, abdominal adhesions after surgery, and more.

What to Expect

To perform Visceral Manipulation, your experienced Synergy occupational therapist will perform an assessment and determine if restrictions in your abdominal or thoracic viscera are contributing to your discomfort. If they find that Visceral Manipulation can assist you, they will proceed by gently palpitating your abdominal area. Using precise manual techniques, such as palpation of the superficial and deep fascia and the mobility and motility of individual organs, your therapist can evaluate how abnormal forces affect the normal organ and tissue functions at work.

The palpitation and mobilization of the visceral organs can feel rather strange. Depending on the movements of your therapist, you may feel a stretch or mild pressure in the abdomen. This stretching and compression may result in some gentle warmth or tingling in the area due to increased blood flow. Visceral Manipulation usually doesn’t hurt; in rare cases, discomfort may be due to lingering scar tissue.

The History of Visceral Manipulation

Physicians and folk healers have manipulated organs since antiquity, but it was not until the last quarter of the 20th century that this art evolved into a science. French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral studied the rather rough manipulations of French folk healers, applied his Osteopathic knowledge to the organ support system, and over the years made large developments in the art and science of this technique.

Visceral Therapy Near Me

If you could benefit from visceral manipulation, we hope you’ll give Synergy Healthcare in Spokane Valley a try. When you’re seeking “visceral manipulation practitioners near me” – you won’t find a better option than the team at Synergy Healthcare. Our therapists are specialists in visceral manipulation with experience in their occupational therapy practice of greater than 40 years.

Book a Discovery call to connect with one of our occupational therapists. They’ll work with you to brainstorm your treatment options. No referral is necessary, and no strings attached.

One Treatment – Widespread Relief

If you have tricky or hard-to-fix symptoms, Visceral Manipulation is a proven technique that can address several hard-to-fix problems. Connect with our team to discuss your treatment options.

Some symptoms, like digestive issues or recurring abdominal pain, can be mysterious or tricky to diagnose. Visceral manipulation is something like a “magic bullet” for these kinds of challenges. It brings enormous relief to many complex and interlocking health issues.

At Synergy Healthcare, occupational therapist Laurie Levine and I have plenty of experience as visceral manipulation practitioners. We love to work with patients who have complex or hard-to-address issues. So if you’re experiencing abdominal pain, digestive discomfort, or other issues that you haven’t been able to find relief for, we hope you bring us your challenge.

– Shauna Burchett, Owner