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What is Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation?

Craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation may sound invasive or even scary – yet they are the most gentle form of therapy.

Craniosacral therapy

Craniosacral therapy uses pressure to the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum (located in the lower back) patients are able to release tensions and reduce pain in these areas. The name stems from the cranium, the focus on the head and sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of your spine. 




During a session, stress and tension melt away. You may even notice that you get a better night’s sleep and have the ability to manage stress. It is suitable for almost anyone — from infants to the elderly as it is non-invasive and highly effective. 

Visceral manipulation

Visceral manipulation targets the internal body, aiding immobilized organs that may lose their ability to function due to pregnancy, surgery, injury, or even poor posture. Through the placement of soft manual forces, you can find relief from pain. 



Our internal organs are not floating, they are packed within connective tissues such as the fascia and ligaments that help support internal organs. Change in the fascial system in one area can alter the alignment of the body leading to restrictions, or wear and tear in joints.



Visceral Manipulation was developed by world-renowned French osteopath and physical therapist Jean-Pierre Barral at the Barral Institute in the mid-80s. He has helped over 100,000 patients heal, as a new form of manual therapy.

At Inspira Physical Therapy, Dr. Melanie Carminati can help you find alignment within your body through releasing tensions found within your body during one-on-one sessions. To book your free consultation click here.