Workshops

Visceral Lymphatic Balancing (VLB1)

Prerequisite: VM2


At the request of Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, MRO(F), RPT, this course was developed by Dr. Kerry D’Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP to specifically complement Visceral Manipulation treatment.

Visceral Lymphatic Balancing is an effective manual therapy treatment to relieve congestion and remove accumulated waste and edema in the organs to decrease pain, restore full function and allow for optimal healing. The VLB procedure involves both short and long lever manual pumping and drainage techniques to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements that stimulate fluid motion and aid in the re-circulation of the venous and lymphatic flow. These subtle manual techniques not only activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, but also stimulate the immune system and help balance the autonomic nervous system.

For the visceral system to maintain health and homeostasis, each organ must receive unobstructed blood flow, balanced nervous system input, and unrestricted energy flow. However, the overall health of an organ is not only dependent on its inflow, but also, more importantly, on its outflow. This concept is based on the understanding of an important principle of manual therapy, Drainage Precedes Supply.

Specifically applied to the Visceral System, this means that all organs need a healthy inflow of oxygenated and nutrient rich blood for cellular homeostasis and repair. However, for organs to receive this healthy circulatory inflow, there must first be properly functioning transverse diaphragms, autonomic nervous system and lymphatic outflow to drain the organ tissue. If lymph circulation stagnates due to injury, infection, surgery or bad diet, organs become congested and the ability of the organ tissue cells to receive healthy blood is compromised. This leads to an accumulation of cellular waste products in the tissues causing pain, tension, and edema. To prevent damage and promote healing, this accumulated waste and edema must be promptly removed.

Course Highlights:

  • Learn a Six Step Treatment Approach to Visceral Lymphatic Balancing.
  • Perform a Total Body Screening Examination.
  • Evaluate and balance the Transverse Diaphragms and Autonomic Nervous System.
  • Perform and apply Lymphatic Balancing Specific Techniques to release lines tension and eliminate congestion within the visceral cavities.
  • Perform and apply Lymphatic Balancing Supporting Techniques (Active Lymphatic Pumping Exercises) to extend and maintain the treatment effect beyond the current session.