Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body.
As mentioned above, osteopathy is a system of manual techniques that belongs to integral naturopathic medicine.
Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.
You can compare visceral osteopathy to a manual massage that stimulates internal organs. It helps regulate the functioning of large and small intestines by improving digestion. It may also help regulate menstrual cycle, treat kidneys mobility, and restore metabolic processes.
Visceral manipulation may help you with:
- Digestive disorders
- Heart diseases
- Women’s Health Issues (menstrual cycle disorders, inflammation)
- Liver, pancreas, and gall bladder diseases
- Issues with joints and spine
Osteopathic treatment uses very soft and secure techniques. There are almost no contraindications to having this kind of therapy. It can even be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants starting from the first hours of life and elderly people.
A visceral manipulation session lasts about one hour.
Osteopaths conduct a thorough analysis of each patient and devise a tailor-made treatment plan. The treatment relieves stress and fatigue, and the pain disappears. In most cases treatments are given once a week or once every 2 weeks. The total number of treatments and the frequency of treatments are determined based on each individual patient’s needs, state and response to the applied manipulations.