The viscera are the internal organs of the body held in place by fascia. All the organs need to have mobility within the overall organ tree so that when you move it is like the wind blowing on a tree. When your organ tree does not flex as you move it reduces movement efficiency (1). The movement of the organ tree has been demonstrated on ultrasound investigation and visceral manipulation has been shown to change organ motion (2).
Visceral restrictions can be Articular (adhesions and Fixations), Ligamentous (ptoses) or Muscular (Viscerospasms) and are thought to be derived from problems of rhythm. Mobility and Motility palpation can be used to identify specific restrictions within the context of the body before manipulation of the tract of organ motion and or a rhythm rate adjustment can be applied.
The fascia of the organ tree is connected with the fascia of the rest of the body. Abdominal fascia may cause nerve entrapment pain. Ideally the visceral tree would complement the stability of a strong spine. This is how the viscera are important in back pain experiences (3). The organ tree fascia, thoracolumbar fascia and abdominal fascia can all affect the muscular control of the spine. Don’t leave it and leave it so that your brain uses ankle muscles instead of your back muscles for postural control.
- Hedley G. (2010) Visceral Adhesions and Pathology. JBMT. 14,(3), 255- 261.
- Michallet JM Kidney Mobilisation and Ultrasound Documentation in Barral JP Visceral Manipulation II [7th printing, 2003 Eastland Press] P.227-246
- Barral JP and Mercier P Basic Concepts. Visceral Manipulation [13th printing, 2003 Eastland Press] p.16-21
- Switters JM et al (2019) Is Visceral Manipulation Beneficial for Patients with Low Back Pain? A Systematic Review of the Literature Int J Ost Med 33 16-23