Visceral techniques

What are visceral techniques?

Visceral techniques, or "visceral osteopathy" is a set of techniques performed on different organs of the human body.

Principle of visceral techniques

The viscera are the organs that fill the body cavities like the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavity.
Visceral osteopathy will therefore act on organs such as the liver, stomach, lungs, heart, intestines, kidneys, urogenital system, etc.
All these organs are connected to each other,to muscles and to surrounding bone structures.
The osteopath will feel under his fingers a tissue having lost its elasticity, contractibility.
This mechanical tension will disrupt the good mobility and function of the surrounding tissues, which will cause a membranous lesion.
These lesions are often the result of direct and indirect trauma, a psycho-emotional factor or secondary to an inflammatory disease.
A tissue or membrane that has lost its elasticity creates a general mechanical problem and then the appearance of a symptom.
This symptom may be possibly distant from the initial lesion.
This appearance can be very strong and sudden, even disproportionate to the trauma most recently experienced.
For example, the lumbago developed following a false movement sometimes very simple.
Conversely, a vertebral blockage can also cause a visceral disorder!
We must be attentive to the different signals that send our body!

Visceral treatment

The osteopath after a complete interrogation will investigate the mobility of the organs but of course also the mobility of the neighboring tissues and the various cavities.
He will rely on the patient's symptoms but also on what he feels under his hands.

Depending on that he will work on:

  • the link between the viscera and their attachment points
  • the intrinsic functioning of the organ
  • the nerves innervating the organs: the nerves connected to the organs emerge all along the spinal column (system that increases the heart rate, dilates the bronchi, slows the digestive system and dilates the bladder among others), but also at the level of the base skull (a system that slows the heart rate and activates the digestive system, among others). So to have an action on the visceral system the osteopath can work on the spine and at the level of the skull.

A harmony between these two neurological systems will help visceral functioning!

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For whom is this treatment?

To all types of patients, from babies to seniors.

The osteopath will exclude any pathology that requires medical attention.

Do not hesitate to consult your osteopath if you have this type of symptom:


  • Respiratory problems (lungs), pressure of the chest
  • Transit problems (small bowel and / or bowel), constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux (in adults and infants), bloating, flatulence, heavy legs, ...
  • Rule pain, fertility problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, etc.


  • Pain in the pelvis, sacrum or coccyx,
  • Persistent lumbar pain not relieved by musculoskeletal treatment,
  • Back pain, costal pain,
  • Cervical pain,

Because it is quite possible that a visceral treatment is necessary!

Elfie Prissette
Elfie Prissette

Osteopath graduated from the Institut Dauphine d'ostéopathie

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