Visceral Treatment

What is viscera?

Viscera is the term applied to the internal organs of the body, for example, the lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, bladder, intestines etc. All organs are richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels and have vital functions to keep us healthy. Although we are rarely aware of what is happening on the inside with our organs, it is an area often forgotten about as a cause of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Our organs need to move, so that we can stretch and breathe, but like any part of our body, our viscera can become less mobile (think about how your stomach feels when you are ill) and this can affect how we move our bodies.

Why might I have issues with this area?

It is possible for the organs to show reduced movement from normal after trauma, for example, car crashes, falls off bikes, and sporting injuries. This can also be the case when people have been ill, or are systemically unwell, for example, with chronic fatigue, cystic fibrosis, or various gut issues. The viscera, particularly the gut, can go into spasm with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation or other bowel disorders.

Operations – i.e., to remove the appendix, or a Caesarean – result in scar tissue formation which is part of the normal healing process. It is possible for the scarring to bind to the tissues and other organs around it, which can cause pain, and dysfunctional movement. In particularly bad cases, it is possible for the scar to become so tight and tethered that posture is affected.

When the organs don’t move optimally, it can stop the body moving well, which can then cause pain. It can also cause irritation of the nerves to certain areas, resulting in referred pain elsewhere, via the nervous system.

What are indications for treatment?

Indications for treatment are musculoskeletal pain following trauma or surgery, chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, period pain, endometriosis and bladder issues etc. A full assessment would be carried out by the physiotherapist and would be taken into consideration along with your medical history. We have found visceral treatment to be very effective, reducing pain, and improving function throughout the whole body. Visceral techniques are very gentle and should only be carried out by a practitioner who has been trained to do them. This can help to improve the movement in the musculoskeletal system, and reduce pain.

It can be useful when other more mainstream techniques have not worked, and if visceral dysfunction is the root cause of your pain, then it is important to address this, to help achieve lasting results. We use visceral treatment as an adjunct to other techniques that we use.


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We are dedicated to continually training, challenging and developing ourselves to ensure we are at the leading edge of our profession. The best practices are constantly evolving and Alison leads the internal training at the clinic, working with the team, in small groups and individually ensuring that all staff provide the same high standards of care. All members of CSPC staff also attend regular external training. Many of these courses are run at the clinic with external educators to further expand our knowledge and experience.

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