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The Gut Check: Visceral Manipulation with Eileen Burns

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Visceral Manipulation – what is, who would benefit, and how to find someone!

Visceral Manipulation is exactly that – manipulation of your viscera, or the internal organs in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdomen, e.g. the intestines.  But, did you know that can help so much more than just stomach or abdominal pain?

Visceral Manipulation (VM) Therapy was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders.  And our guest today, Eileen Burns, is a physical therapist who specializes in VM. And she shares how she’s worked with people with shoulder issues, GERD, backpain, and more. Other claimed benefits include help for whiplash, TBI, reflux and digestive disorders, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, headaches and migraines, post-surgery pain and scars, anxiety and depression, and more (Barral’s complete list at

This is a great conjunction for the work I do. I teach people about the Wheel of Health – where it involves  4 aspects of addressing root causes of pain and GI issues. We target sleep, stress/infection, nutrition/gut health, and physicality – the aspects of movement, posture, alignment, and so on. But as I work via telehealth, I don’t get too deep into this physicality aspect. So I love having guests on who can bring that area of expertise to the show! And Eileen is sharing how she does hands on work of the abdomen, connective tissue, and viscera to help with pain, pelvic floor health, GI issues, shoulder issues, back pain, and more!

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