Visceral Manipulation III: 

Sub-Diaphragmatic GI Tract

Seattle (Redmond), WA February 28-29th, 2020

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      Visceral Manipulation III: Sub-Diaphragmatic GI Tract is a continuing education class for manual practitioners who want to improve their current skills in palpation and manual manipulation and expand their knowledge and understanding of the structures of the abdomen from the diaphragm to the false pelvis. This class will approach these visceral structures as a part of the dorsal vagal complex and how that understanding alters the functional approach to treatment.


This class will focus on visceral mobility of organs, fascias, nerves, ligaments and capsules of abdominal visceral structures to allow for appropriate gut motility and musculoskeletal movement patterns. 


     Restricted abdominal structures can cause decreased mobility, motility, and musculoskeletal dysfunction to include pain, loss of function / neuromuscular co-ordination, and weakness in various biomechanical structures that interact with the abdominal viscera such as the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, the pelvis, ribs, and chest.  This class is concerned with the assessment and return to mobility and motility of the viscera of the abdomen from a biomechanical, neurological, and neurohormonal standpoint. That function must be a contiguous whole with other organs, the pelvis, and body as a whole including reflexes and adaptive patterns. Of particular interest is visceral pain referral patterns and the differential diagnosis process to assess or observe the need to refer the patient out.


Visceral Manipulation III:

Sub-Diaphragmatic Structures

(SEA) 2-Day Course


Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm

February 28-29th, 2020

14961 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA 98052

cost: $500

Hotels we suggest:
Hyatt House Seattle/ Redmond, 15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA 98052
Baymont by Wyndham Seattle/Kirkland, 12223 NE 116th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle/Redmond, 17770 NE 78th Pl, Redmond, WA 98052




Target audience: Licensed healthcare providers including, but not limited to:

PT, AT, DC, MT, RN, OT, LMT, and ND.

BOC Essential Level

14 contact hours – 14 1-A hours anticipated  


Instructors: Neal O'Neal, PT 

Class is held 9-5 Friday and Saturday and will be a combination of Lecture and Lab.

Materials Provided: A binder of the course materials will be provided to each student to follow along and take notes during the lecture and lab portions of the class.


Fees: $500/student.  Course limited to 18 students.

Learning Objectives: Upon course completion, the participant will be able to-

1) Identify, palpate and test the mobility of the thoracic structures and abdominal viscera to include joints, capsules / peritoneum, muscles, fascia, blood vessels, lymphatic tissue, and meso-attachments.

2) Ask appropriate patient history questions that take into account new, research-based understanding of abdominal visceral function and dysfunction as well as "differential diagnosis" questions;

3) Demonstrate various treatment strategies such as Fascial Release, Counterstrain-positional release, Neurolymphatic and Neurovascular Techniques, and NeuroDynamic Reintegration© (NDR©) to appropriately change neural tone, ion and protein concentration and flow, and biomechanical function.


5) Perform appropriate Global and Regional provocation tests for sub-diaphragmatic abdominal viscera.


6) Be able to perform the correct techniques to reintegrate the sub-diaphragmatic abdominal visceral with the dorsal vagal complex.


Materials Provided: A binder of the course materials will be provided to each student to follow along and take notes during the lecture and lab portions of the class.

Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide the clinical practitioner with the knowledge of how recent research has changed current clinical treatment approaches to the pelvic viscera and the role of mobility of the viscera in biomechanical, neurological, and neurohormonal signalling.. 

Expected outcomes are to develop effective delineation and treatment strategies based upon an integration of new information and the extensive body of knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and embryology of the pelvic viscera. This class will enhance participant learning through the use of discussion, audio-visual materials, recent research evidence, and extensive lab-based learning.




9am – 12pm              Anatomy and Neurology of Abdominal Viscera (Lecture)

12pm – 1pm              Lunch

1pm – 1:45pm           Global & Regional Provocation Tests GI Tract dysfunction (Lab)

1:45pm – 2:45pm     Visceral Mobility and Motility Testing  (Lecture)

2:45pm – 5pm           Myofascial and Counterstrain Treatment of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)



9am – 9:30am           Current Research Discussion (Interactive Discussion)

9:30am – 10:30am   Chapman's Assessment of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)

10:30am – 12pm      Neurological Assessment of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)

12 – 1pm                   Lunch

1pm  – 2:30pm         Chapman's Treatment of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)

2:30pm – 5pm          Neuro Vascular / Dynamic Reintegration of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. ANS Balance HRV and Pursuit PT reserve the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. Neither ANS Balance HRV nor Pursuit PT is NOT responsible for registrant’s non-refundable airfare, accommodations or fees.