What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is the mechanical treatment of the organs of the abdomen (abdominal cavity), rib cage (thoracic cavity), and/or skull (cranial).  You can think of organs as being functional joints.  Like a knee or a shoulder, your organs need mobility to function properly.  Your organs have ligaments, that can become restricted and limit mobility, like the ligaments of your joints.  There is fluid that surrounds your organs, like the fluid in many of your joints of your body, that acts like a lubricant to allow movement between the structures.  When you have trauma, surgery, or have limited mobility of the musculoskeletal areas surrounding your organs, we often find restrictions in these functional joints.  Treating these restrictions can not only restore mobility of your musculoskeletal system, but also improve the function of the organ.  Treatment of these structures has been linked to pain reduction and improved digestion, respiration, circulation, lymphatic and urogenital function.

Karen Johnson, Scott Juzwak, and Kyle McIntyre all have training in Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute.  Together they integrate VM into their comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach to resolving pain, improving movement, and helping clients return to their desired recreational and work activities.  CIMT is a unique team that is dedicated to advancing their knowledge and continually being on the leading edge of rehabilitation, wellness and preventive care.

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