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VM FAQ's

  • Why is it called visceral manipulation?

    (sounds a bit scary)….Actually it’s been more appropriately called by my mentor, Gail Wetzler, PT, “organ-specific fascial mobilization”. This is more accurate name.
  • Will my doctor know about this?

    Most likely not, but I have found they are very receptive to this gentle treatment to give you relief where Western medicine has failed and have actually been quite excited about being able to help their patients feel better!!
  • Do I need a physical therapy referral from my doctor?

    YES! It is critical for legal reasons but especially due to the nature of this work. I will need to know that other, more serious medical conditions have in fact, been ruled OUT!
  • How long does it take for me to get better?

    I expect you to respond favorably within 2 visits. If you do NOT, this is not the right choice for you. The number of visits to complete the goal ranges 3-10.
  • Does it hurt?

    No! It is very gentle and uses no force or tools…only my hands and my knowledge and intuition.
  • Why does it work so well?

    I think it is 2 reasons: 1) has to do with treating the systems as a ‘whole’ that are ALL CONNECTED and have impact on each other and 2) it actually facilitates the body to heal itself and believe it or not, the body really does want to heal and restore homeostasis. As a PT for >25 yrs, I have been perplexed at why some get better and others do not. This has opened up a whole new world of possible explanation and treatment for me and my patients.
  • Is there any research or quality control for this alternative method?

    Firstly, Dr. Barral maintains that any new technique he teaches has been tested on at least 800 patients! This is not organized study but it is a huge clinical database that is pointing more research in its direction. Secondly, there are studies available for things that can be pre- and post-treatment measured by Doppler, Ultrasound, fluoroscopy, etc. These are convincing Western medicine that this is viable and real.
  • How do you know where to start?

    Based on an extensive review of your symptoms, surgical and medical history and traumas your therapist can begin to note trends and or patterns that may help direct the treatment path (i.e. like solving a mystery). BUT the technique of ‘listening’ to the body teaches us really what is what and where the body needs and will ‘accept’ treatment.
  • Is it safe?

    Extremely, IF all guidelines and safeguards are met and the practitioner follows the rules of treatment. I am biased and feel that the most effective practitioners are medically-trained (PT’s, osteopaths, chiropractors, etc. versus massage and other body workers). It is also important that he/she is adept at listening to the body as the body will not allow treatment if it needs protected. I know this sounds odd, but consider it like trying to force something like a “square peg into a round hole”…there is resistance that can be felt and that’s it…end of story….no treatment can be accomplished!
  • Is there anything VM shouldn’t be used for?

    Of course, any active malignancy, infection, pregnancy or a new surgical area are off limits.