Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation™ is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body's visceral system to locate and alleviate abnormal points of tension. This optimizes the relationship between the organs and the supporting structures of the body.


Jean-Pierre Barral, a French osteopath, founded Visceral Manipulation™ in the 1970s and 1980s. Barral studied the techniques of folk osteopaths in the French Alps and applied it to his own study of the organ support system.


Visceral Manipulation™ practitioners use light palpation before and during treatment to feel for restrictions in the fascia/connective-tissue supporting the organs, as well as in restrictions in the normal pulses or motions of the viscera.

Treatment involves specific manipulative forces and techniques that free normal motion and help to normalize the positioning of the viscera and the condition of the connective tissues.

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Visceral Manipulation™ encourages the normal mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. It improves a patient's range of motion and mobility.


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.