Visceral Manipulation in Brighton & Hove

Visceral Manipulation in Brighton & Hove

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders such as:


Acute Disorders

  • Whiplash
  • Seatbelt Injuries
  • Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Digestive Disorders

  • Bloating and Constipation
  • Nausea and Acid Reflux
  • Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
  • Acid Reflux
  • Swallowing Dysfunctions

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Women’s and Men’s Health Issues

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Bladder Incontinence
  • Effects of Menopause

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Somatic-Visceral Interactions
  • Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peripheral Joint Pain
  • Sciatica

Pain Related to


  • Post-operative Scar Tissue
  • Post-infection Scar Tissue
  • Autonomic Mechanisms


In addition to all of the above Visceral and Abdominal manual therapy has proven extremely effective treating emotional pain – anxiety and depression – post traumatic stress disorder.



How Does Visceral Manipulation Help You?

Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.


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How is Visceral Manipulation Performed?

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.


Visceral Manipulation Therapy


Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities. They also evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their functions in relation to an overall harmonious pattern, with motion serving as the gauge for determining quality.

Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganisation

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the level of restrictions within the viscera and surrounding structures. You may require Muscular Skeletal manual therapy to accompany the Visceral components of your treatment, an example could also mean some work on the spinal joints, pelvis and cranial sacral system.

Normally excellent results can be seen after 2-3 relatively short 1 hour to 90 minute sessions:

  1. a detailed Consultation takes place
  2. followed by general and local listening (scanning the body and body reading)
  3. discussing the findings etc
  4. followed by 45 minutes to an hour’s treatment


  • Initial Consultation plus treatment – £80 for 90 minute session
  • Follow up treatment sessions – £57 1 Hour

For package deals contact Russell Halil directly on 07904-567469


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Received training in Visceral Manipulation at the Barral Institute and was very fortunate to have received his training directly from Alison Harvey (Chiropractor and UK representative of VM throughout Europe) Alison Harvey was a long term student and assistant of Jean Pierre Barral.

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Russell Halil is also one of the only therapists in Brighton & Hove to provide both Visceral Manipulation and Chi Nei Tsang – Abdominal Chi Massage. A very powerful abdominal massage from Taoist origins to help detoxify, cleanse and ignite the internal organs.