Visceral Mobilization

Your viscera refers to the organs in your abdominal cavity, such as your liver, stomach, and intestines. Your organs aren’t just stacked on top of each other, and they aren’t stiff, they each have a suspension system made of ligaments and fascia that also attaches to adjacent organs. Normally when you move, organs stretch and fold with your trunk in the directions you need to go. Adhesions, surgical scars, and tension patterns can all disrupt this system and lead to a huge number of symptoms that extend all across the body.  

When you stand at the edge of a trampoline, it only pulls on a small portion of the fibers immediately around your feet, but if you stand in the middle, the trampoline gets pulled in all directions all the way to the edges. This concept is similar to how dysfunction in the suspension system of organs in the middle of your body can have such far-reaching effects.  

Physical therapy treatment involves specific soft tissue mobilization to encourage the normal mobility, tone, and motion of your viscera and the surrounding connective tissues. Gentle mobilization can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of your entire body.  

At BodyGears Physical Therapy, we have therapists specifically trained in visceral mobilization as well as Functional Manual Therapy™. 

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