Visceral Manipulation Specialist

Back to Center PT

Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA & Santa Monica, CA

You might not even know it, but adhesions around your organs may contribute to pain and imbalances in your body. Neha Shah, MPT, and the team at Back to Center PT in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles use visceral manipulation to locate problems and restore proper movement among your organs. You may even notice improvements right away. If you’re interested in trying organ massage for yourself, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Visceral Manipulation Q & A

What is visceral manipulation?

Visceral manipulation is a form of organ massage the providers at Back to Center PT use to break up visceral fascia constriction or tightness in the connective tissue around your organs. Adhesions in the connective tissue can contribute to pain, imbalance, and dysfunction in your body.

During a visceral massage, your therapist uses gentle manual therapy to find and address problems within your connective tissue. Their objective is to restore the function and mobility of the affected organs.

What conditions can visceral manipulation help with?

Visceral manipulation is beneficial for many conditions of your body’s musculoskeletal, lymphatic, nervous, digestive, and other interconnected systems. Your therapist might suggest visceral manipulation to help address a number of conditions, including:

  • Constipation
  • Scar tissue
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Back or neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Mood disorders

Since each organ moves around inside your body, any restriction to organ movement can cause pain or compensations elsewhere. If adhesions form around your diaphragm, for example, your breathing and stomach movements may become restricted as a result.

Visceral manipulation helps release tension and restore proper organ movement. Because of the far-reaching effects of constriction, you may notice both obvious and seemingly unrelated symptoms subside after your treatment at Back to Center PT.

What can I expect during a visceral manipulation session?

First, your Back to Center PT therapist asks for information about your health history and current symptoms. Then, they assess your organs for signs of restriction.

One type of assessment the team at Back to Center PT uses is called the listening technique. Your provider places their hand on various places on your body to feel for tension, hot spots, and blood flow.

They may also place pressure on the organ in question to assess its mobility. If your provider notices restriction, they perform gentle massage to release the tension.

After they treat an area, your therapist retests for changes in organ mobility. Visceral manipulation is a slow, methodical process. Your therapist may continually ask how you feel during the process to ensure your comfort.

Your provider plans treatment on an individual basis based on the extent of your condition and how your body responds to treatment. They may recommend several additional treatments to ensure the most promising results. If you’re interested in visceral manipulation, schedule an appointment at Back to Center PT online or over the phone today.