How Motility is Vital to A Healthy Well-being


That number represents how many breaths we take each year. On average, our lungs feed oxygen into our bodies between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths every day.

If you think that’s a big number, you’ll appreciate then that the average heart beats approximately 120,000 times daily.

Did you know that every organ, artery, and nerve has a movement pattern? That’s right, each organ has its own embryonic migration pattern that it exhibits continuously. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at this notion of “motility” within the body to understand and appreciate how essential it is to our health and well-being.

During embryology, as a fetus is developing in utero, organs will begin to exhibit a natural pattern, migrating to their appropriate locations. As we develop from fetus to infant to child then adult, our organs will continue to move in a naturally occurring 3-dimensional pattern that helps maintain homeostasis.

As a trained and Certified Visceral Manipulation Therapist (CVMT), I am qualified to feel where the organ, nerve or artery is not moving as it should and where it has become stuck. After identifying any problem areas, I then look for the associated organs or joints that relate to a particular restriction. For instance, the stomach could be stuck with the diaphragm, which could then affect the lungs. So these restrictions have to be released in order to reestablish motility and correct homeostasis.

With my holistic therapy practice, I have to find where any physical restrictions are in the body that have manifested into acute or chronic problems. Once any restrictions have been pinpointed and worked on, then the body has the opportunity to resume to its normal homeostasis – the way that it should be functioning.

Homeostasis refers to the ability of the body or cell to naturally seek and maintain a condition of equilibrium within its internal environment, especially when dealing with external changes. Our body undertakes a constant maintenance of its internal environment, which includes the function of kidney, liver, skin, etc. A good example of this is how the body regulates internal temperature in an effort to maintain around 98.6 degrees. Hence, that is why when we are hot, we sweat to cool off, and when we are cold, we shiver to produce heat in cold temperatures.

At one time or another, you have likely noticed many examples of how people’s bodies have manifested into larger physical problems. Whether at a shopping mall, on the city streets, or at an airport, we’ve all likely come across someone who walks abnormally, say one hip is higher than the other, or the person walks bending forward, or they exhibit an irregular gait. Besides someone who has an uncharacteristic walk, there can be a number of other visible issues that can affect someone’s normal function and manifest in their physical appearance. Whether it is someone who has a distended stomach due to bloating or a person who has a torqued neck.

If you’ve ever suffered from “frozen shoulders”, you’ll know firsthand that this restricts you from having full motion in the upper body and/or arms. Underlying this condition is also a lack of fluid and hydration in the tissues. Hip replacements have become all too common with older people because their body can no longer produce that essential slide and glide required within our bodies.

Regardless what the ailments may be, more often than not, the physical effects are generally apparent to other people. Moreover, all of these scenarios are indications that something in the body is not functioning properly. The body is merely compensating to do everything that it can to maintain homeostasis.

However, at some point, we can stress the body so much that the problems manifest into a chronic illness. This is when people seek out doctors, and the doctors, in turn, tell them that everything is fine but send them home with a prescription for drugs. This all-to-frequent scenario is the beginning of a vicious cycle of dysfunction and illness. At this juncture, some people may seek out my holistic therapy treatments. My approach produces not only swift relief for my clients, but also helps the body and brain to reestablish the importance of balance.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, everything in the body is held by a ligamentous system – a fascial system, where everything needs to slide and glide within its own environment. When this system is not functioning smoothly, it introduces friction because there is a lack of fluid. So, motility helps to stimulate the fluid and initiate healing in order to resume to the normal balance that our bodies seek. One visual example would be to think of a water slide. Without water, it’s going to be hard to slide smoothly down into the pool of water.

Motility is reestablishing the natural, embryological rotation of the organ or visera. One rotational movement pattern will be an organ going up to the up, behind and outward and return down, in front and inward. No, this is not a yoga move, but rather this is a naturally occurring 3-dimensional rotational pattern in the body. Every single organ exhibits this behavior, and even though each organ is a little bit different, a trained visceral manipulation therapist will know how to recognize and apply the appropriate technique to initiate healing.

Before treatment, I use motility as a diagnostic tool to determine the quality and function of an organ, vessel (i.e., artery or vein) or nerve. After treatment, I use motility to measure how much improvement or positive effect has been made on the equilibrium of the organ, vessel and/or nerve. 

I welcome you to visit our blog again as we’ll continue to explore other health and wellness topics.  Of course, I’d also welcome the opportunity to see how I can help you in your path to an improved well-being. Here’s the different services offered by Fusion Healing, so feel free to make an online appointment.

Carmen Hughes