Written by Michelle Dela Rosa, PT.
New research presents visceral manipulation as a modality to reduce adhesions post-operatively.
Researchers employing an experimental animal model reported significantly less adhesions in the
group that received VM after an adhesion-producing surgery (as compared to controls). The authors
believe that VM encourages tissue mobility and decreases fibroblast invasion of tissues in animals as
it would in humans. They suggest that patients may benefit from VM in post-surgical care and patient
education by preventing/treating abdominal adhesions.
Bove, G.M., Chapelle, S.L., Visceral mobilization can lyse and prevent peritoneal adhesions in a rat model, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2011), doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2011.02.004
Michelle Dela Rosa, PT uses visceral manipulation (VM), a type of manual therapy to effectively treat abdominal connective tissue restrictions. It uses gentle, specifically placed manual pressures to promote mobility and tone of organ tissue and surrounding structures. Often, inflammatory processes, like infections, trauma, repetitive movement, diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress, cause tissues to lose their normal motion. Natural healing can lead to the disruption of tissues by replacing them with rigid granular tissues. VM treats these restrictions to restore normal physiologic motion, which aids in improving organ function.
“The purpose of Visceral Manipulation is to recreate, harmonize and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanism for better health.”
- Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O, developer of VM