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