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Visceral Mobilization


What is it?

Visceral Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that gently moves the connective tissue surrounding internal organs, thereby increasing the movement available to the tissues.

How can it help me?

Just as movement of the musculoskeletal system is imperative for optimal joint health, free movement of organs within the trunk is critical for internal organ function. Restrictions within and between organs have a significant influence on joint and muscle movement.

For example, restricted movement of the bladder due to scarring of the surrounding fascia almost always results in restrictions at the base of the spine, the tail bone, and the feet. Conversely, problems at the second and third lumbar vertebrae often cause incontinence. Addressing bladder restrictions as well as spinal restrictions may be necessary to fully resolve a lower back or bladder problem.

The Problem with Scars

Scars and adhesions (internal scars) following an abdominal surgery or other trauma can be at the root of chronic spinal pain and other joint problems. As a scar becomes less mobile, it decreases the motion of an organ, which in turn can create an abnormal pull on joints and surrounding soft tissues. Gradual worsening of an orthopedic condition a year or two after surgery or trauma may be caused by abdominal adhesions. Once you’ve had visceral mobilization, you will regain fascial mobility and experience relief you never thought possible.

Looking at the whole person when treating an orthopedic problem is critical for full recovery. If the visceral system is a piece of the puzzle, you will get the help you need at ALTA. Many of our therapists have extensive knowledge and skill treating mechanics of the organs. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Problems Helped by Visceral Mobilization:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal spasms
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Upper back pain
  • Rib cage restrictions