Problems in the pelvis
After an illness, injury, childbirth, or surgery, the position and movement of pelvic organs can be disrupted by the formation of adhesions.
The uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries all have an ideal position and a subtle but healthy movement in the pelvis that allow these organs to function optimally.
Adhesions are scar tissue that form naturally as part of the healing process but the body doesn’t have a way to dissolve them easily. Adhesions can cause organs to stick to one another or to other nearby structures; this can disrupt organ placement and the ability to properly move and function. This commonly results in pain, lack of blood and lymph flow, loss of nerve conduction, and can have a domino effect by affecting nearby organs.
Adhesions may lead to unexplained infertility, pelvic pain, period problems or pain with sex. There may be chronic digestive symptoms. You may even feel pain, tightness, or a pulling sensation in the low back and along the spine.
It’s estimated that 80-100% of patients who have had abdominal or pelvic surgery develop adhesions.
The only conventional treatment for adhesions is surgery, but this tends to cause even more scar tissue!
How abdominal massage can help
Abdominal massage is an excellent therapy for many gynecological conditions including heavy and painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility and postpartum concerns.
It has been shown to be an effective way to reduce or eliminate adhesions, restore proper movement and position of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries and increase blood and lymph flow through the pelvis and abdomen.
The process of massage over the pelvis, abdomen, and low back is able to gently break up adhesions, supporting the body’s ability to restore the normal movement and function of each organ without surgery.
Dr Jessica Stefanski, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist at Heart Spring Health, is professionally trained in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. This method was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo who was mentored for many years by Don Elijio Panti, a traditional healer in Belize. Dr Arvigo also gathered knowledge from other midwives and healers in Belize, where the use of abdominal massage has a long history, particularly for fertility and pregnancy-related complaints.
Your first session of abdominal therapy begins with education and a visual explanation of the treatment. Most patients experience abdominal therapy as gentle, nourishing, and relaxing. There is continual communication during the treatment in order to get the best results and ensure that there is no discomfort. You will also be given instructions on how to do a self-care treatment at home between in-office sessions.
Dr. Stefanski combines The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with Acupuncture, Holistic Pelvic Care™ and visceral manipulation to release adhesions, support proper position of the uterus, ovaries and other internal organs, create better blood and lymph flow and improve nerve conduction in the pelvis and abdomen.
Dr. Stefanski also uses therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine and hormone therapy to holistically address your health concerns. Her goal is to help her patients live “more vibrant, juicy, and joyful lives.” She works closely with other practitioners at Heart Spring Health to ensure that patients get the best care possible. The Heart Spring Health collaborative team approach ensures a healing plan that is customized for each of our clients.