What Can Visceral Manipulation Therapy Do for Your Digestive System?
The rush and stress of our day-to-day lives and demands can often translate into tissue restrictions and bodily imbalances over time. The emotional stress we experience can translate into physical issues that can eventually result in such issues as abdominal pain, cramps, constipation and indigestion.
Stomach massage also known as visceral manipulation therapy is a gentle, hands-on manual therapy used to help maintain suppleness and optimum functioning of your internal organs also known as ‘viscera’ so that they can continue to move smoothly within your body. Visceral manipulation therapy addresses the stress and the imbalances in order to promote bodily healing and continued internal organ health.
The internal organs are surrounded by connective tissue that serves that dual functions of holding the viscera in place but also allows them to slide effortlessly so that that you can enjoy unrestricted rotation or flex in your torso as well as being loose enough to allow your stomach to expand when you eat, your lungs to open and accept air, your intestines to constrict and relax to move waste to your colon.
Sometimes, illness or trauma such as surgery, medication side effects or chemotherapy can cause inflammation and restrictions or tightening of the thoracic and abdominal viscera that can impair digestion, immunity and even breathing. The gentle stretching and compression of stomach massage can support a return to increased blood flow and a
return to healthy functioning of the tissue surrounding the viscera. It can be beneficial for numerous disorders including musculoskeletal concerns including digestive issues, injuries and the physical results of ongoing stress situations.
Ask your massage therapist how visceral manipulation therapy might be of assistance to you!