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Can you feel that?

One of the questions I get asked frequently when I describe what I do is if I can really feel the movement of the organs inside the abdomen, thorax, and skull. Can my sense of touch really be so sensitive to pick up tiny movements in the body as claimed by visceral manipulation?

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.12.10 PMAbsolutely…. and science backs that up. There is an article on PubMed entitled Feeling small: exploring the tactile perception limits. which explores just how sensitive the hand can be. The results are nothing short of astonishing. They found that the hand can distinguish textural patterns of only 10 nanometers. To those not familiar with a nanometer, that is about .00001 the size of a millimeter.

In short: The human body is likely the most precise, refined instrument that we can use. Our sense of touch can be highly developed and refined through practice, just as a sommelier can learn to distinguish the nuances of wine.

organ_LGESo can I feel the movement of the organs? Yep. Movement is life, and your organs need to be able to move. There are two types of movement. Mobility (they can move when you twist your body, bend over, etc.) and motility (the motion the organ makes on its own when it is functioning well.) If either one of these types of motions becomes limited, problems can arise, and the organ can’t function as it attempts/needs to.

That is where Visceral Manipulation comes in. As a practitioner, I am trained to locate and evaluate the mobility and motility of your organ system. Even if YOU don’t know where a problem stems from, your body does. We have tests to determine where health issues are stemming from: In short, we locate and treat the underlying physical causes of dysfunction… not always where you feel discomfort/pain.

 

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