The Visceral treatment technique is created by French osteopath Roland Solère. The treatment involves manual therapy techniques such as mobilisation towards the supporting structure of the organs, manoeuvre and exercises which have a circulator function.

These techniques aim to bring back a normal mechanical function to the system. We can compare these to the use of exercise and manual therapy to bring back the range of movement of a joint.

The base of the clinical reasoning is ‘the mechano-vascular pumping system’. This system is composed of the muscular/articular system, the diaphragm movements and visceral mechanic. If there is an impairment of the muscular/articular system the vascular system will be affected as well, creating venous stasis, hence passive vasodilatation. 

Being the veins a complex hormone-sensible apparatus it will have an impact on the hormonal system as well.

How the Diaphragm movement influence the visceral mechanic.The visceral organs are represented from the grey part under the Red one

During the assessment, the first important thing is to record the past medical history of the patient, to rule out the presence of known damage in the visceral organs (e.g.gallstones). If any damages present, any manoeuvre that may interfere with the pathology will be avoided. 

The main exercises used in the technique is the one created by French gynaecologist Henri Stapfer in 1981, inspired by the method of the Swedish Thure. The exercise takes advantage of static contraction and gravity to provoke a blood movement in the lumbopelvic complex to reduce the venous stasis.

 

Which conditions may get an improvement from the treatment?

  • Hip pain;
  • Knee pain;
  • Heavy legs;
  • Subfertility;
  • Spastic colon;
  • Thoracic pain;
  • Frequent Cystitis;
  • Sciatic/Crural pain;
  • LBP (low back pain);
  • Menstrual headache;
  • Hypogastric neuralgia;
  • Premenstrual syndrome;
  • Menstrual LBP (low back pain);
  • Amenorrhoea/Dysmenorrhoea;
  • Bloating/ Constipation/Diarrhoea;
  • Circulator disturbance in menopause;
  • Dyspepsia/Pre-stage of Hiatal Hernia;
  • Prostatic Congestion (pre-stage of Benign prostatic hyperplasia);
  • Vasomotor disturbances such as Cold Feet/Hands, Oedema, Flushes;
  • Urinary/Faecal Incontinence or Urgency (including Stress urinary incontinence).

 

How many sessions do you need?

The protocol we use requires an average of 3-5 sessions. Between the first and the second session, we need 15 to 30 days of break, and after other treatments will be delivered in the shorter timetable. 

Usually, a markable improvement is noticeable after 1-2 sessions. 

 

If you are still unsure, fill the form and ask for a free advice.

 

References:

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3015423/

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6153095/

doi: 10.7759/cureus.3036

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Anatomic connections of the diaphragm: influence of respiration on the body system

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doi: 10.2147/JMDH.S45443

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