Visceral release is an effective, hands-on technique used to address many issues like back and hip pain, sciatica, migraines, whiplash, scoliosis, chronic shoulder pain and TMJ Disorders. It’s especially helpful to treat traumatic injuries, such as those sustained in a car accident or those chronic pains that never seem to go away.
Visceral connective tissue is the mesh of tissue that holds our abdominal organs together and in place. This tissue attaches the organs to one another and against the abdominal wall, giving the organs support and reinforcement.
Trauma, repetitive movements, bad posture or surgery can cause these tissues and organs to tighten and build up adhesions and scar tissue. Pain can ensue as a result of these adhesions pulling and straining the connective tissue and organs. This leads to the affected organs becoming dysfunctional which can cause symptoms such as irritable bowel and in many cases can present itself as muscle or joint pain. Pain stemming from your visceral connective tissues is difficult to diagnose. This is usually when a client will come see us, as they cannot find relief from their pain after trying many other forms of treatment.
Visceral release involves a therapist using their hands to release the tension in these tissues and organs. This restores the length and flexibility of the affected structures, decreasing pain, increasing blood flow and your range of motion.
The idea behind this technique is to treat the cause of the problem and eliminate symptoms, versus just treating the symptoms and pain. Seeing a professional physiotherapist at Summit will allow you to successfully treat the connective tissues of your body, and finally address the painful conditions it can cause.