Did you know that an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain?
According to the Global Burden of Disease, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work resulting in a staggering $50 billion each year spent by Americans to treat the pain.
Check out the below infographic on more alarming back pain statistics courtesy of TheGoodBody.com.
Back pain is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be a common part of everyday living.
There are safe alternative treatment options available that focus on treating the root cause of your chronic or acute back pain versus medication to treat the symptoms which can create more health issues. Alternative treatments may also be an option to consider if you are seeking to avoid an invasive surgical operation.
Visceral Manipulation Therapy is one of those alternative treatment options you may want to consider.
What is Visceral Manipulation Therapy?
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through your body’s visceral system – the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs – to locate and alleviate the normal lines of tension throughout your body.
Visceral Manipulation uses specifically placed gentle manual techniques that work to encourage the normal mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues.
These techniques were developed initially by Jean-Pierre Barral, a French Osteopath, and Physical Therapist, and the core concept of visceral work is built upon a strong foundation of an integrated whole body approach.
While some people may refer to Visceral Manipulation as an “organ massage,” there are some complexities involved than just a simple massage. This is especially true for back pain sufferers seeking to improve long-term results of reducing or eliminating pain and inflammation. Addressing fascia restrictions around the nerves, blood vessels, and organs may be required.
Of course, it is critical to note that everyone’s experience can differ when seeking visceral manipulation therapy as treatment is unique to each person based on their symptoms or injury.
You should experience some pain relief after each treatment. And as your therapist should advise, drinking lots of water can help expedite the healing process.
Regarding the number of treatments needed, again this depends on your situation. However, it is recommended that you receive treatments at least once per week or twice per month until the pain goes down and function in your back is restored. The optimal length of time between sessions is every three months, similar to getting your oil changed with your car.
When searching for a Visceral Manipulation provider, it’s best to seek someone who has the proper credentials, experience, and patient results using this method to treat chronic or pain. If you go with someone who is not properly skilled, then you can experience side effects, which can include an increase in the symptoms you initially came in for, temporary muscle soreness, or even headaches.
Also, when you seek a Visceral Manipulation specialist in your area, look for someone who encourages and practices a holistic approach to healthy living. This can include yoga, meditation or mindfulness, proper nutrition and postural retraining and core strengthening exercises. With a holistic approach, you can significantly improve your overall function to live and be healthier.
Whether you suffer from chronic or acute back pain, you no longer need to suffer in silence. Visceral manipulation therapy is an excellent treatment option to consider due to its ability to reduce or eliminate pain and inflammation while helping to improve your overall function and repair your tissue.
Check out this short video below in which I explain more about what visceral manipulation is and how it can be used to treat pain:
Marge Kalfon, MSPT is the founder of PT by Marge and is a licensed physical therapist in Virginia. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 1992. Since then, she has practiced in a wide variety of settings ranging from large hospitals to small private practices. She has extensive training and experience with a wide variety of manual therapy techniques as well as orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.