The connective tissue that supports the organs and the muscles of the digestive organs can develop restrictions in response to illness, irritation, and injury, just as muscles develop adhesions and chronic contractions. Visceral manipulation treats the restrictions in the connective tissue, ligaments, and muscles of the organs. These restrictions limit the mobility of the organs and their ability to function optimally. Additionally, because the organs' fascia and ligaments attach to the bones of the body, tensions in these tissues pull upon the skeleton, contributing to structural problems, such as pain in the shoulders, hips, back, neck, and head. Visceral work can, therefore, improve organ function and relieve underlying causes of chronic spinal pain. See www.iahe.com for more information.