Visceral Manipulation and Craniosacral Therapy Chicago
Using gentle pressure and skillful massage techniques, we help release tension and restrictions in the internal organs and connective tissues.
Chicago Visceral Manipulation Therapy
Visceral manipulation, also called organ massage, is a type of therapy that helps improve how your organs and other internal body structures move and function. The therapy is based on the idea that the organs and structures of the body are connected, and a problem in one area can affect other parts of the body.
During a session, a physical therapist will use gentle hands-on techniques to feel areas of tension or dysfunction in your abdomen, pelvis, chest, or other areas. Based on what is found, your therapist may use pressure, stretching, or mobilization techniques to release tension and improve the movement and function of the affected organs and tissues.
Based on your assessment, we may use gentle pressure, stretching, or mobilization techniques to help release tension and improve mobility in the affected organs and tissues. The goal of these techniques is to help restore proper movement and function to the organs and improve the overall functioning of the body.
Visceral manipulation is often used to address a range of conditions related to organ dysfunction, including:
- digestive issues
- respiratory conditions
- gynecological issues
- urinary tract problems, and more
It can also be helpful in addressing issues related to postural and musculoskeletal imbalances, as dysfunction in the organs can impact the surrounding muscles and connective tissues.
It is important to note that visceral manipulation should only be performed by a qualified and experienced therapist who has received specialized training in this area. While the techniques used in visceral manipulation are generally gentle and non-invasive, there may be some risks associated with the treatment, particularly in individuals with certain health conditions. It is important to talk to a healthcare provider before undergoing visceral manipulation or any other form of manual therapy.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on therapy used to evaluate and treat imbalances in the craniosacral system (the bones, tissues, and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord). The craniosacral system is interconnected with the rest of the body, and imbalances in this system can affect your overall health and well-being.
Craniosacral therapy can help with a range of conditions, including:
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck and back pain
- Chronic pain conditions
- Stress and tension-related disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
During a craniosacral therapy session, your PT will use gentle touch to evaluate the craniosacral system and identify areas of tension or restriction. We use a variety of techniques, such as light pressure, gentle stretches, or subtle movements, to help release these restrictions and restore your system’s balance.
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Frequently Asked Visceral Manipulation Questions
Visceral Manipulation is a form of physical therapy used to alleviate pain and improve function by manually manipulating the body’s internal organs, such as the liver, stomach, and intestines.
Your therapist will use gentle manual pressure and specific movements to improve organ mobility, enhance the body’s natural healing process, and relieve discomfort.
Visceral manipulation works by using gentle manual pressure and stretching techniques to release restrictions in the connective tissues and muscles surrounding the organs.
By improving the mobility and function of the internal organs, visceral manipulation can help alleviate symptoms and promote better overall health.
Some of the conditions that can benefit from visceral manipulation include:
- Constipation and bloating
- Menstrual cramps and irregularities
- Bladder and urinary issues
- Pelvic pain and discomfort
- Digestive disorders
Yes, visceral manipulation is generally considered a safe and is a popular non-invasive technique. At Advance Core, we offer visceral manipulation as part of our comprehensive approach to patients’ health.
It’s important to note that, as with any physical therapy modality, there may be some potential risks or side effects associated with visceral manipulation. These may include soreness or discomfort in the treatment area, or a temporary increase in symptoms as the body adjusts to the treatment. However, these side effects are typically mild and short-lived.
During a visceral manipulation session, you will lie down on a comfortable treatment table while our physical therapist applies gentle pressure and stretching to the affected areas. You may feel some pressure or tension as the therapist works on the area, but it should not be painful or uncomfortable. In fact, many patients find visceral manipulation to be a relaxing and calming experience.
The sensations you may feel during a visceral manipulation session can vary depending on the area being treated and your individual response to the treatment. Some patients report feeling a release or shift in the affected area, while others may experience a sense of lightness or increased mobility.
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