I have been a physiotherapist for ten years and have continued to add layers of knowledge and skills to my tool belt. Two of those skills have been real eye openers and game changers for me. The first big one was the profound effectiveness of skilled dry needling called IMS acupuncture. I trained with Dr Chan Gunn in 2008 and the skills I learned completely changed my practice for the better. I recently took a course on Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute and feel like I can now properly treat the body as a whole. I had previously learned how every joint in the body works, where all the muscles attach and which nerves innervate them, but had failed to properly learn how the inside of the body effects the outside. Visceral Manipulation is helping me properly understand just how connected everything really is.
Your trunk and pelvis form a boney, muscular, fascial outer shell to protect and encase all of your internal organs. Your organs are not just loosely floating around in there though; they are mostly supported by tissue called fascia and pleura. The whole thing is a sealed system under pressure that squishes everything tightly together; each organ is wrapped in its own pleura and bathed in a little bit of fluid so it can slide and move around or over its neighbouring organs. Things that affect the pressures in the system or the ability of the organs to slide and move around in their close quarters will affect the ability of the body to move and function properly.