By Ivy Mok, Visceral Manipulation therapist
大部分人都不太清楚內臟手法治療（Visceral Manipulation ，簡稱：VM）可以治療的範圍，其實大部份病人前來接受治療，都離不開腰骨痛、頸痛、膝痛、肩膀痛等問題。只是，大部分情況，這些問題的根源，並非來自關節肌肉或骨骼。
Many people are not clear about what conditions Visceral Manipulation (VM) can treat. In fact, majority of patients coming for the treatment, are painful conditions on back, neck, knee or shoulders etc. It is just that the root cause of these conditions are not due to musculoskeletal or osteo-articular system.
A few months ago, there came a female patient with back pain. Her back pain improved after every treatment session, and it subsided after 5-8 sessions, with only residual muscle tension. The VM treatment on her included improving her left kidney’s movement, releasing tension on the nerves behind the kidney, the fascial adhesion and vascular congestion around the uterus and left ovary.
The most interesting response after the latest treatment session was that patient’s menses resumed to normal flow smoothly, despite the fact that she was told by her O&G doctor that the condition of less and less menses was due to peri-menopausal state which was not uncommon at her age. From listening, what I found on her was the limited movement of uterus and left ovary due to fascial adhesion and vascular congestion, hence the dysfunction of the organs.
VM treatment helped not only her back pain but also the normalisation of her menses, a condition of which seemingly unavoidable for women at peri-menopausal stage.
What I want to emphasise here is NOT how amazing VM treatment is, but the fact that majority of people, me included, do not clearly understand how the body gets back to a “healthy state”. If we (therapists, and myself being physiotherapist) only offers treatment with symptomatic approach, chances are the conditions cannot be cured or the treatment effects would not be long-lasting. It should be noted that bodily symptom is just a signal telling us the body needs attention now, yet it does not indicate the root cause is where the symptom appears.
Every organ (i.e. viscera) has its own motility (movement of its own) and mobility (movement in relation with other organs), when the movement of an organ is restricted, body would try to achieve a state of compensation to keep the body capable of daily living. When the organ’s restriction cannot be solved, the organ’s function will reduce. Symptoms appear when the body can no longer maintain the compensation state.
The biggest value of VM is that a well-trained therapist is capable of finding out the root cause of a patient’s condition using her/his two hands, then s/he can let the body resume to “healthy state” by applying appropriate techniques on the body.
“To treat” is to locate the root cause and to treat the cause; the problem can by no means be cured if the root cause cannot be located. What we care about is NOT the symptoms or illnesses of patients, but the root cause of the illness/problem so as to help the body to get back to “health”.