Top 10 Benefits of Visceral Massage Therapy

Visceral MassageNothing relieves muscle tension like a nice massage, but who thinks about massaging their organs? Many of your organs are made of smooth muscles which can hold tension. Tension may be caused by lifestyle choices like caffeine and alcohol, physical trauma or emotional trauma. Smooth muscles are also involuntary muscles, which means you can’t control them. Visceral massage releases the tension that is stored in organs.

Your organs are always moving. Think about what happens when you breathe. You can notice movement in several places in your body. Other movement, like that of digestion, may be less noticeable, but it is always going on. Tension in organs and their supporting ligaments prevents this natural movement. The result is pain and less than optimal health. Visceral manipulation releases tension.

Visceral massage may be performed by an osteopath, massage therapist, physical therapist or other body worker. Tension and adhesions in the organs can result in pain being transferred to another part of the body. For example, a problem with the lungs can affect the back and posture. During visceral massage, the practitioner will use myofascial release techniques to relax the thin layer of connective tissue and then continue to massage the organs and supporting ligaments.

Another type of body work that releases blockages is biodynamic craniosacral therapy. For blockages in the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and energy, craniosacral therapy should be chosen.

Jean Pierre Barral is an osteopathic physician who developed the techniques of visceral manipulation over 20 years ago.

According to the Visceral Manipulation website, here are the Top 10 benefits of visceral massage therapy:

1. Chronic musculoskeletal pain

2. Headaches and Migraines

3. Sciatica

4. Back, hip and knee pain

5. Repetitive strain injuries, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

6. Whiplash and other physical trauma

7. Shoulder periarthritis and capsulitis

8. Restricted range of motion

9. Vertigo

10. Post-surgical pain and Scar tissue