Jean-Pierre Barral

Jean-Pierre Barral is the founder of Visceral Manipulation and internationally recognized as the leader in this field. TIME MAGAZINE celebrated him in April 2001 as The Innovator of Manual Medicine. His significant contribution started 35 years ago, introducing the treatment of the movement of inner organs in their response to diaphragmatic breathing. Restricted  organ movement can cause or contribute to joint pain, back pain, digestive problems, incontinence, impotence and even infertility. Barral developed a way, just using the gentle but specific touch of his hands, to influence the mobility of the organs, in order to optimize the path that each organ takes during the approximately  24.000 daily breathing motions. In this way, the physiological function of each organ is enhanced. Imagine a liver “limping” 24.000 times a day – with all the compensations that this requires – instead of running smoothly.

Barral’s explorations of the human soft tissues led to the development of further specific treatments. In collaboration with Alain Croibier D.O., he investigated the physiological behavior and movement of peripheral and cranial nerves and the vascular system, which brought to a detailed concept for the manual treatment of the connective tissues present in the nervous and vascular systems.

Barral is the author of 12 textbooks in the field of Manual Medicine and he also published two popular books. He practices and teaches his method worldwide to manual therapists.

In his latest developments, in collaboration with Alain Croibier, Barral’s focus is now on the human joint system. The theme of the New Manual Articular Approach is the manipulation of the soft tissues that influence the joint articulation, distinguishing clearly between muscles, muscle insertions and muscle fascia, the joint capsule, the labrum (if applicable) and the synovial fluid within the capsule as well as the relevant vessels and nerves.