It is the nature of all living beings to be in constant motion, always interacting and changing.Our bodies consist of form and energy.The form is the structure and the motion is the energy.We, as living beings, are open systems that can take in energy and transform it to support the internal rhythms of the body.Such rhythmical activity includes heart rate, breathing, craniosacral motion of cerebrospinal fluid, lymphatic rhythms, and motility and mobility of organs and organ systems of the body.Likewise, we are subject to the rhythms of our universe, the circadian rhythms of our physiology relating to the rhythms of night and day, cyclical turning and tilting of the earth in rotation around the sun.
With much research and observation of practical applications of manipulation of the human viscera, Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. and Pierre Mercier, D.O. developed the principles and practice of manual therapy called Visceral Manipulation.The viscera consist of the internal organs within the three cavities of the human body:the cranium, thorax and abdomen.As a result of the work of Barral and Mercier, Visceral Manipulation is based on the following concepts and principles:
·Living tissue is in motion.It is the motility inherent within each organ and mobility of the organs in relation to other tissues that allow a body to be healthy.Motion is therefore more important than structure.
·Interconnections of the internal organs and the structure of the neuro-musculo-skeletal systems of the body can be in harmony or dysfunction.The human hands can find the connective forces within the body and relieve abnormal tensions to assist a body in finding balance for all its parts, allowing the body to work as a whole.
Structural tension more balanced with motion of the organs