As we already know, visceral manipulation is organ specific fascial mobilization. In other words, our viscera or organs are treated specifically in relation to their associated structures and surrounding connective tissue. In order to maintain good health in the body the viscera must move in harmony with the other structures in the body. If this does not happen, the presence of organ restrictions can create fixed points of tension in our system around which the body now needs to move. This paves the way for disease and dysfunction.
A visceral restriction is just like a myofascial restriction, except that it is within the organ or in the connective tissue outside of the organ. A visceral restriction develops from an inflammatory process, in which an exudate is formed. This exudate thickens and becomes a harder, denser, drier area. Restrictions are caused by infection, birth trauma, in-utero malpositioning, falls, abnormal neural activity, medications and toxicity.
The practitioner can determine the area of greatest restriction by “listening”. “General listening” indicates the site of the greatest tension in the body at that time while with local listening, the practitioner’s hand is attracted more specifically to the level of the restriction. Next, the practitioner identifies by palpation the specific structure that is involved, then embarks on the release that the body needs.
For instance, if a baby has reflux, with “general listening”, the listening goes to the upper stomach. “Local listening” will help identify if the restriction is between the stomach and liver or the stomach and diaphragm (where the esophagus goes through the diaphragm), or perhaps between the esophagus and pleura of the lung.This specific area needs to be treated. This is the basic technique in all “visceral manipulation” sessions.
When treating a baby or child with visceral manipulation, the therapist contacts the organ and structure related to that organ, and treats in the direction of ease. For example, if the baby with reflux has tension between the stomach and liver,the therapist contacts the lesser curvature of the stomach with one hand, the left lobe of the liver with the other hand. By contacting these two organs, the organs will start a “listening”, a movement into the direction of ease. In this case, the stomach and liver will pull towards each other until a tissue release is palpated. A release feels like a softening of the tissue. The restriction is freed so that the stomach and liver slide and glide on each other.
After the area is treated, the next step is to re-listen to the body. Very often the listening takes you to the left occipitomastoid suture – the suture between the temporal and occipital bones. Now if we look at our anatomy, we see that the vagus nerve exits in the jugular foramen between these two bones. We may even feel a “line of tension” between the occipitomastoid suture and the upper stomach. This would make sense anatomically because of the pathway of the esophagus and vagus nerve as they both travel through the thorax. Thus, when we “line up the tension”, or engage the two structures between our hands so that we can feel a specific tension, we may release these structures and thus help the child with their symptom of reflux.
The video below talks about the various applications of visceral manipulation in children.
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The structural integrity of the body and its function are always compromised when there are abnormal tensions in connective tissue. Visceral Manipulation focuses on locating and resolving abnormal tension of connective tissue that links the organs of the body. Correcting these imbalances also release serotonin and can help alleviate chronic irritation and stress, which sometimes is the cause of “dis-ease”.
Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating symtoms, sometimes far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. Thus, viscerospasm, displacement and adhesions can all cause our organs to work inefficiently creating chronic irritation and abnormal points of tension. The main purpose of visceral manipulation is to reinstate the normal mobility and motion in the body’s organs.
Visceral manipulation assists in correcting imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. Visceral manipulation increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Evaluation and treatment of a patient with visceral manipulation methods requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their ligamentous or fascial attachments to the musculoskeletal system.
The video below sums what visceral manipulation is about.
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A workout for glutes is next in our series of body sculpting exercises. Staying with us on these series will assist in a cost saving collection of easy but effective workout routines that you can do from the comfort of your home.
As a recap: Some of the benefits of workout for glutes and body sculpting exercises include:
- Increased metabolism and fat loss by allowing fat and calorie burn 24-hours a day, because included in body sculpting is a weight loss program
- Muscle re-shaping and toning and lean muscle increase
- Increased bone density and reduced osteoporosis, because of the weighted component of the exercises, yet joint impact is low
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Increased flexibility, strength &
- Greater self-esteem and confidence
Of course, for best results, in your work out for glutes, commit to an eating program that consists of a nutritious weight loss diet and a cardio routine(see below) that cranks up your metabolism, so that you lose weight that comes off your entire body. Learn how to count calories while exercising to know how much you need to burn to lose weight.They’re inseparable.
This is a link to a 10 minute workout program to give you a general workout and is a great continuity to your “work out for glutes” in your body sculpting exercise program. You will need a stepper and 3, 5 and 7 pound weights. All these can be purchased at our store.
This completes our series in body sculpting. Its basic but sufficient to make all the changes you are looking for.
To motivate you to start “shoulder sculpting”, let me share with you what you’ll benefit from the shoulder exercises:
- Strong shoulder sculpting give striking visual effect as a result of graceful lines and indent forms on your upper arms and torso and being that shoulders don’t carry a lot of fat you can see quick results of your workout.
- The second motivator – when your shoulders are strengthened, it’s easier for you to carry out your daily tasks and strong shoulders lower your risk of injury as well.
Regular shoulder sculpting exercises is all that it takes.
Below is a set of videos that will show you a routine shoulder sculpting exercises that will strengthen your shoulder muscles.
- Start with your feet hip-distance apart, both arms resting at your sides and holding a 3 lb to 5 lb weight in both your hands. Distribute your weight onto both equally
- Exhale and begin your exercises in keeping with the videos below. Pause and lower arms back down by your side. Repeat for 10 to 12 repetitions. Complete 2 to 3 sets.
- They include: triceps curls, deltoid shapers and biceps curls.
These exercises for shoulder sculpting along with general body toning exercises at http://myhealingdynamics.com/2011/05/02/169/ you can find will get you to your goals quickly and effectively.