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What is visceral manipulation?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Visceral manipulation is a form of manual medicine developed by French osteopath Jean Pierre Barral from his clinical work with the viscera (organs). In the human body, organs are suspended within the musculoskeletal system via facial connections.

Visceral osteopathy considers this relationship and using palpatory techniques, assesses the movement of the viscera and its fascial connections. Tension within this system can then be released using gentle techniques.


The Osteopathic Pelvic Hub has two osteopaths who are highly trained and expertly skilled in the area of osteopathic visceral manipulation. Our Osteopaths utilize visceral manipulation techniques in addition to osteopathic principles to curate a holistic treatment approach based on the individual needs of each patient.

Meg Withers is a trained nutritionist. She uses this knowledge and understanding in conjunction with her osteopathic and visceral manipulation training to support her patients in meeting their health and wellness goals. Meg is particularly passionate about helping patients with gastrointestinal concerns and constipation.

Kathryn Johns has incorporated visceral manipulation techniques within her osteopathic practice for 20 years, with experience using both internal and external visceral fascial techniques. She has undertaken extensive training in the areas of obstetrics, the urinary system, male and female reproductive systems, fertility, respiration and the gastrointestinal system.


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