Benjamin Shield, Ph.D.

Visceral Manipulation

This visceral manipulation course is a “hands-on” class. The most important features will be tools to treat common somatic symptoms that are visceral in origin. Additionally, we will explore the nature of each organ and learn to feel their various motions for the purpose of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

We will study an overview of the liver, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, colon, kidneys, and bladder. Some of the common symptoms that we will learn treatment tools for will include:

  • Referred pain patterns
  • Restrictions of the diaphragm
  • Liver and gall bladder disorders
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastritis
  • Stomach and duodenal ulcers
  • Ileocecal valve problems,
  • Colitis
  • Chronic constipation

We will study an overview of the urogenital system including the kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, and ovaries. Of particular interest will be the relationship of the urogenital viscera and their influence on the spine, pelvic floor, and lower extremities.

Some of the common urogenital symptoms that we will learn tools for will include:

  • Ptosed (dropped) kidneys
  • Bladder dysfunction, incontinence, hypersensitivity, prolapse, and adhesions
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Uterine retroversion and prolapse
  • Prevention of obstetrical problems
  • Mechanical and functional disorders of the ovaries and uterine tubes
  • Visceral influence on circulatory problems, low back and leg pain

There will be class time devoted to visceral treatment after trauma. Time will be devoted to the evaluation and treatment of specific pediatric visceral presentations, as well.  Throughout the course, we will be discussing and demonstrating the importance of quality of touch.

Visceral manipulation is a fascinating and crucial adjunct to bodywork and treating the “whole person.” It can easily be integrated into craniosacral work, massage, deep tissue manipulation, and osteopathic treatment. It will be a fun course and will relate to many treatable issues that clients will present.
There will be a comprehensive workbook provided with important lecture material and photos and illustrations of the various techniques discussed in class.