Advanced NeuroFascial Release: Visceral Manipulation DVD
by Stephen Myles Davidson, D.O., C-SPOMM
DISCLAIMER: This video presentation is intended for educational and demonstrational purposes only. No specific diagnostic or therapeutic recommendations are made for any individual patients. For the treatment of any disease condition, please consult with your appropriate health professional.
From the Neurofascial Release Series, Stephen Myles Davidson, D.O., C-SPOMM presents the Visceral Manipulation program. (For a more complete discussion of the Neurofascial Release paradigm, please see our other Ebay ads on the Neurofascial Release DVD. Word search “Neurofasical Release” – Basic Spinal Manipulation Using Inherent Body Forces & Neurofascial Release)
Although originally developed for the osteopathic physician, this lively presentation will provide insight for any health professional working with their hands to improve visceral function. While it is admittedly difficult to demonstrate palpation in a visual media, the NFR Visceral Manipulation program clearly demonstrates the principles involved. Whatever manual medicine discipline you follow, you can combine the anatomical-mechanical strategies described on the DVD with your current palpatory skills.
The Visceral Manipulation program discusses each organ manipulation following the instructional format of anatomical review, functional discussion, and hand-placement demonstration on a live model. Although presenting these procedures in vacuum, we assume, that, in practice, patients have been medically worked up and the procedures demonstrated are then used as part of their care.
Read on to learn more in the sections that follow:
Recommendations from students who took the class upon which the DVD is based
A list of organs for which visceral manipulations are included
A page from the student manual on the esophagus and stomach
A page from the student manual with a specific description of the manual approach to hiatal hernia
What Our Students Say . . .
“Clear, concise approach to the viscera. Very good analogies.”
Eric Dolgin, D.O.
President, The Cranial Academy
Santa Monica, California
“Concepts of viscera were very helpful. [Dr. Davidson’s] mastery of visceral identification from movement of distal aspects was impressive.”
Robert Jaffe, M.D.
“[This course gave me] permission to apply various manipulative techniques to the viscera.”
Jim Asher, D.O.
“An excellent correlation of anatomy to organ dynamics.”
Lloyd Horton, D.C.
“I highly recommend it for anyone who does manipulation as an additional approach to the patient’s well being.”
Phillip Wong, D.O.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Before my first visit to Dr. Davidson, I knew very little about his treatments. The only thing my referring physician said was that it was a very gentle and, essentially, painless therapy. Have had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis most of my life, this sounded refreshing. Other past therapy treatment, including massage therapy, were at times excruciating and would leave me feeling “wired” on my trips back home. Although some of the troubled spots were looser, the rest of my body would feel “out of whack.”
I still have a lot to lean and understand about cranial/osteopathic manipulation, but what I have experienced is that the areas of my body Dr. Davidson focuses on become relieved of tightness and constriction, and, much of the time, I leave the appointment feeling relaxed and optimistic. There are sessions where I may not feel a difference for two days, when my body is readjusting and allowing itself time to heal that particular problem.
Today, I’m on very little medication and, with each visit, feel my body is straighter and stronger and that my mind and spirit are moe hopeful and happier.”
Sun City, Arizona
Here are the topics we cover with anatomical and physiological discussions and live patient demonstration:
Esophagus and Stomach
The Hiatal Hernia
Transverse and Descending Colon
Sigmoid and Rectum
Bladder and Kidneys
Cause of Uterine Disturbances
The following example demonstrates treatment of the esophagus and stomach with a step-by-step approach for the hiatal hernia. The video has live action and the pictures are in the student manual as well.
Esophagus and Stomach
The Hiatal Hernia
After mechanically aligning the entire musculoskeletal system, evaluate and treat the esophagus and stomach. First, evaluate general esophageal and gastric mobility. Then, consider the gastro-esophageal junctional relationship and how the stomach fits under the diaphragm. Finally, make your correction using whatever manipulative paradigm works for you.
Proper Doctor-Patient Alignment
The patient is supine.
The doctor stands alongside the patient.
With the cephalad hand, the doctor contacts the esophagus posterior to the larynx.
The lower hand rests upon the epigastrium.
The doctor instructs the patient to swallow. He follows the peristaltic wave to the stomach. With the lower hand, he then isolates the stomach.
The doctor considers the esophagus and the stomach as one functional unit. He considers his hands, arms and torso to be one long lever. The treating movement originates from a fulcrum, imagined to be in the doctor’s pelvis.
By the doctor moving his hips towards the patient’s head slightly and then towards the patient’s feet, he translocates the esophagus-stomach unit in its fascial surroundings. He tests for ease of motion. He may also rotate either hand, considering the esophagus and stomach to be the ends of a flexible hose. He checks for freedom of movement all along the “hose”.
General Organ Release
The doctor then performs a general fascial release technique with the strain direction or against the strain, waiting for the patient’s respiration to release the strain.
Hiatal Hernia Release
He then locates the esophageal hiatus and evaluates the tension or ease of glide the esophagus-stomach unit makes there.
Again, using the translocation method, he pulls or twists the stomach inferiorly as necessary to release that area and repositions the herniated portion of the stomach to below the diaphragm.
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