Visceral Osteopathy

Like structural osteopathy, a key feature of visceral osteopathy is its ‘whole body’ approach, evaluating the patient as a whole, and seeing how one problem could be affecting other aspects of functionality. While structural osteopathy concerns the musculoskeletal system, visceral osteopathy involves gentle manipulation, such as stretching and massage, of the viscera – the soft organs of the body, chiefly in the abdominal cavity.

Just as we adjust our posture when we have pain in our back or limbs, if we have pain in our abdomen we also change how we move, stand and function to accommodate these pains. Through gentle manipulation, we aim to help to relieve restrictions and discomfort caused by tension; some patients particularly report improvements in digestive function.

Visceral osteopathy from Duncan

Duncan has completed VM1-4 training with the Barral Institute ( He often receives patients looking for help with indigestion, constipation and bloating. Recently there has been an increase in patients suffering from SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and interstitial cystitis coming to the clinic, some in conjunction with treatment from nutritionists, gastroenterologists and functional medicine doctors. We are very happy working with other professionals like this, and often find this can improve outcomes significantly!

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral, and he has been refining and teaching for the past 40 years.

The Barral Institute describes VM as “evaluating and treating the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.”

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