Visceral osteopathy is an integral part of osteopathy, just like the craniosacral therapy and the parietal osteopathy. The subject of visceral osteopathy is examination and treatment of inner organs, beginning with the bladder and reaching as far as the brain. As all three systems (craniosacral, parietal and visceral) influence one another, the osteopathic angle always goes in for the cause, not the symptom. This means we can e.g. deal with the problems of a shoulder joint by treating the liver or, possibly, the stomach.
The techniques available for visceral examination had probably existed long before Dr. Andrew Tailor Still developed and laid foundations of osteopathy as a discipline. Since 1970ies, the French physiotherapist and osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral was the driving force of its further development and let visceral manipulation become an object of scientific research.
Further training in visceral manipulation focuses on professionals working in healthcare or therapy, such as doctors of medicine, physiotherapists, masseurs etc. It is also open for lay people who are ready to complete their knowledge of anatomy and physiology through self-study before the beginning of further training.
Further training has three sequels, which, nevertheless, can be taken individually:
Part I: abdomen (diaphragm, peritoneum, sphincters in abdomen, stomach, duodenum, jejunum/ileum, colon, liver, gall bladder)
Part II: deeper abdominal space and pelvis (pancreas, kidneys, ureters, splen, pelvic diaphragm, uterus, ovaries, vesica urinaria, rectum)
Part III: thoracic- and cervicothoracic inlet (bone structure of the cervicothoracic inlet, lungs, heart, mediastinum, esophagus, trachea, thyroid gland)
Fundamental knowledge of internal medicine. It is recommended that the adept first takes the course of craniosacral therapy, level I.
- Jean-Pierre Barral/Viscerale Manipulation I und II
- Thorsten Liem/Leitfaden der Visceralen Osteopathie
- Marc De Coster/Viscerale Osteopathie