Visceral Manipulation


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By Jean-Pierre Barral
Hardcover book
ISBN 9780939616527
214 pages

In Visceral Manipulation, Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. and Pierre Mercier, D.O. show how manipulation of the viscera can be used as an effective complement to other forms of manual medicine. Drawing upon years of research and clinical experience, the authors convincingly demonstrate that the relationship of structure and function among the internal organs is just as strong as that among the constituents of the musculoskeletal system, and that manipulation of the viscera can be effectively used to treat dysfunction.

Visceral Manipulation meticulously describes the indications for evaluating each of the major organs, and explains how to perform manipulative techniques for treating many types of restrictions.


  • Basic Concepts
  • Thoracic Cavity
  • Abdominopelvic Cavity
  • Liver and Biliary System
  • Esophagus and Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Colon
  • Kidneys
  • Perineum and Bladder
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Coccyx
  • Index

About the Author’s:

Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. (U.K.) is a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, England. A well-known clinician and teacher in his native France and throughout Europe, he has authored and contributed to many osteopathic textbooks. His works in English include Visceral Manipulation (with Pierre Mercier, D.O.), Visceral Manipulation II, The Thorax, Urogenital Manipulation, Manual Thermal Diagnosis and most recently, An Osteopathic Approach To Trauma.

Dr. Barral is presently Academic Director of the International College of Osteopathy in Saint Etienne, France. He is also Chairman of the Department of Visceral Manipulation on the Faculty of Medicine at Paris du Nord. He has taught widely throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, and practices osteopathy in Grenoble, France.

Pierre Mercier, D.O. practices osteopathy in Oyonnax, France.

Praise for Visceral Manipulation:

“Could easily become a text of almost historic import.”

-Dynamic Chiropractic

“It is such a relief to finally find works on alternative approaches to medicine written by and for scientifically oriented minds. The language is beautiful, clear and to the point.”


“The potential for the application of this concept in the diagnosis and treatment of internal organ dysfunction is, in my opinion, limitless.”

-from the Foreword by John Upledger, D.O., F.A.A.O.

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Weight 1.60 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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