A Pathway to Health: How Visceral Manipulation Can Help You

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North Atlantic Books, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 249 pages
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Based on the premise that movement is essential for life and any restriction will affect our health, visceral manipulation starts with the core, the viscera (organs), and extends throughout the entire body to address pain, structural imbalances, tensions, and restrictions. The practitioner uses specifically placed manual pressure that promotes normal movement, tone, and internal movement of the organs, their supporting structures, fascia, nerves, and blood vessels. The ultimate goal is improved health by allowing the body to perform and move optimally.

Illustrated with nearly 100 instructional photos and anatomy drawings, A Pathway to Health begins with general information about visceral manipulation, describing the method, goals, philosophy, and history of the practice. The book also explains the evaluation process and what a patient can expect to experience during and following a treatment session. Author Alison Harvey covers each major structure of the body including the organs, fascia, muscles, bones, and nerves, and discusses the causes of dysfunction. The second half of the book focuses on each system of the body, presenting physiological information and treatments as well as case studies. Harvey also explores emotional issues and their effects on the body and gives an authoritative summary of current research in the field.
 

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Contents

What Is Visceral Manipulation?
1
How Did Visceral Manipulation Develop?
9
Healthcare Overview and Where Visceral Manipulation Fits In
13
The Philosophy Behind Visceral Manipulation
21
Visceral Manipulation Evaluation Techniques How Does Your Practitioner Decide Where to Treat?
35
Treatment
53
Organs Overview
67
Digestive System
77
Hormonal System
161
Immune System
173
Nervous System
181
The Emotions
189
Additional Thoughts on How Visceral Manipulation Can Help
205
Practitioners of Visceral Manipulation
217
Research
221
Glossary
231

Waterworks
117
Breathing
127
Circulation
135
Reproductive System
147
References
245
About the Author
249
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About the author (2010)

Alison Harvey is a trained practitioner in modalities that include chiropractic, applied kinesiology, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. She runs a multidisciplinary natural health center in the U.K. The winner of the Holm Award for her holistic approach to patient care, she lives in Ayr, Scotland.

Foreword contributor Jean-Pierre Barral developed the visceral manipulation technique.

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