Nicola Raimbert – Osteopath

Ever wondered why heart attacks cause left arm pain, gall stones cause right shoulder pain or menstruation causes low back pain? It’s because our organs (viscera) and our musculoskeletal system are intermittently connected via our nervous system, individual ligaments and our all encompassing fascia.

Over the past three years, I have developed a strong interest in an osteopathic technique known as Visceral Manipulation. Simply put, visceral manipulation is a range of manual therapy techniques for our internal organs. My current area of focus and further education is the gastrointestinal tract and pelvic organs (bladder & uterus).

Why is manual therapy for these structures important? Because the body functions as a whole, therefore we need to care for it as a whole. To look at one system with out the other, is like trying to solve half a puzzle. Other examples of connections include the fascia that connects our large intestine to our hip flexors and low back musculature, or the nerves from the mid thoracic and left cervical spine that supply our stomach.

To date, I have found these techniques most useful for clients who experience recurring or chronic musculo-skeletal pain, who also suffer abdominal symptoms such as reflux, bloating, constipation or pain. Addressing and relieving visceral tension, reduces abdominal symptoms and creates more space for change in the musculoskeletal system.

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