‘Visceral’ relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines. Visceral Manipulation or VM is a gentle manual Therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunctions. A central guideline for visceral manipulation is to evaluate the person to find the structure that is causing the greatest problem for the body at that time. It may be different with each session, as the therapist focuses on what the patient's body most needs at that particular session.
VM does not focus solely on the side of pain or dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem which can be far from the painful spot. The VM therapist feels for the altered or decreased motion within the visceral and the relationship with the adjacent organs, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies VM specific technique to re- establishes the body's ability to adapt and restore itself to health. Those effects can be global.
As each person’s situation is different, the number of visits will vary. At the initial consultation, the therapist should be able to give an idea of how often and for how long they will need to see the patient, and this will depend on the individual's condition and goals for treatment. In general, most people will notice change in 3-5 sessions, although for some very long-term or severe problems, it may be longer. Some problems will change rapidly and others more gradually, depending on the condition, how long it has continued, and how the body responds to treatment. In addition, the time between each session will vary depending on the condition, though the average is typically around one visit every 2-3 weeks, as this allows the tissues time to adjust between appointments. The sessions may also vary in length according to the therapist's style and the patient's needs. Sessions could be as short as 10 min (perhaps with a baby), or to up to 1 h or more in some cases. You and your therapist will develop a plan based on your needs and how your body responds to a treatment.