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The work is best known for correcting a prolapsed or tipped uterus. As with any other natural healing modality, Applied Kinesology, Arvigo and similar techniques support the body's inherent healing ability to self regulate and self-heal, referred to as homeostasis or balance. These techniques are offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first. This being said, it is reported that many common health care symptoms are alleviated by these techniques.
Benefits for Women
Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.
A uterus in any of these positions is called tilted or prolapsed. Modern medicine has little or nothing to offer women with this problem. Options may include using the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery and women are generally told, "your uterus is tipped, but that is normal and don't worry about it." Yet women have a laundry list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques. When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery are diminished when addressed by uterine massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can be helped.
What are the causes of a displaced uterus?
Repeated pregnancies close together with difficult deliveries.
Lifting and carrying heavy burdens before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth.
Carrying young children on the hip for prolonged periods of time.
Injury to the sacrum or tailbone from a fall, a severe blow or car accidents.
Pelvic ligaments that have weakened due to over stretching during pregnancy and birth.
Running on cement surfaces.
Wearing high heeled shoes for long periods of time.
A career in high impact dancing, aerobics, sports or exercise.
Aging and the pull of gravity on ligaments.
Past abdominal surgeries.
Chronic muscle spasms around the low back and sacrum.
Weak pelvic floor muscles.
Emotional armoring from rape, sexual abuse, or incest at anytime in your life.
What are the symptoms of a displaced uterus?
Painful periods or irregular periods, dark thick blood at the onset or end of menstruation, excessive bleeding and clots during menses, headache or migraine with menses and PMS.
Failure to ovulate, irregular ovulation, or painful ovulation.
Pregnancy related symptoms:
Difficulty getting pregnant/infertility, chronic miscarriages, premature deliveries, weak newborn infants, difficult pregnancy.
Frequent urination, incontinence, bladder infections.
Varicose veins of the legs, hemorrhoids; tired weak legs, numb legs and feet, especially while standing.
Sore heels when walking, low back ache.
Symptoms of Congestion:
Endometriosis, uterine polyps, uterine fibroids, uterine infections, vaginal yeast infections, vaginitis, painful intercourse, undiagnosed pelvic pain.
Constipation, difficult menopause, cancer of the cervix, uterus or colon
How does this technique work for women?
This external massage gently lifts and guides the uterus into its optimal position in the lower pelvis. The uterus is held in position by over 10 ligaments, which when stressed or strained cause the uterus to become mal-positioned. If the uterus is mal-positioned, women experience a multitude of symptoms.
Is Uterine/Abdominal Massage recommended for all women?
Almost every woman, even those who have had hysterectomies, can benefit from this uterine massage. In the case of how it can help a woman who has had a hysterectomy, the technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of lymphatic fluid, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis.
How does Abdominal Massage help with digestion?
We hold anxieties and emotions in our body's tissues and organs, and a common place is in the organs of the digestive system. Have you ever had "butterflies in your stomach?" Well, those butterflies can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's Disease, and more.
Stresses and negative emotions cause the small intestine and colon to be twisted or kinked leading to blockages in the flow of peristalsis. Surrounding fascia creates adhesions that mal-position organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions.
Abdominal massage helps to break down facial adhesions, scar tissue and removes any "kinks" in the digestive tract. Often there is a dramatic improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.
Contraindications: This massage is not recommended under certain conditions:
During active menstruation, or up to five days before.
If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy with a history of miscarriage.
Within the first 6 weeks following a normal vaginal delivery.
Within the first 3 months after a cesarean section.
IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) for contraception is present.
Active infection or cancer is present or suspected anywhere in the pelvis, or the client is undergoing chemotherapy.
Hiatal Hernia — gentle touch only.
Immediately after abdominal surgery.
Call the office to schedule a consultation.
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