The following information includes detailed explanations of some of the most common symptoms of a displaced uterus for which clients seek abdominal massage. The common denominator in all of the symptoms that can be helped by abdominal massage is summarized in this quote by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.
“The female pelvis is a powerhouse of energy and transformation – the very throne of creation through which universal creative energy patterns course and flow. This depends on balance within the system. A displaced uterus causes distortion, disrupting our state of homeostasis.”
When the uterus is exerting undue pressure on the arteries, veins, nerves, and lymph, the chemical feedback mechanism of the hormones is out of harmony.
About 5 million women in the US have this condition in which tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the uterus invades other areas of the pelvic cavity. Pain results due to the errant uterine tissue responding to hormonal stimulation to menstruate. This misplaced tissue can cause pain in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis as well as fertility challenges, intestinal complaints, fatigue, and very heavy periods.
Our immune system would normally recognize invading, errant cells and destroy them, but if circulation of the lymph, arteries, veins, and nerves in the pelvic area is not functioning properly, these healing forces can’t do their job. This internal situation is further complicated by the fact that endometriosis is not an invasion of foreign tissue, but of resident tissue lodging where it doesn’t belong.
With abdominal massage, we’ve found that once pelvic organs are in proper alignment and muscle spasms are removed, the internal balance, inherent within every human body can detect this migrant tissue, gradually dissolve it, and allow it to be carried away in the lymph and veins. There will likely be great changes in the menstrual cycle as this internal healing takes place.
Infection* – Endometritis, Vaginitis, and Bacterial Vaginosis
Endometritis is inflammation of the endometrium and can imply that infection may be present. Vaginitis and vaginosis can be an extension of endometritis, most endometrial pathology begins in the vaginal canal. When the uterus sits too low in the pelvic cavity, it exerts pressure on the upper portion of the vagina. Nature intended there to be a space between the cervix and the vagina for circulation of vital fluids necessary for nutrition and defense. When there is abnormal pressure and restriction of circulation and lymphatic fluid, yeast and bacteria overgrow in the vaginal canal and the only place waste, including bacteria, can go is back into the hollow uterus, manifesting as inflammation or out the vaginal canal causing itching, burning, and discharge.
Ideally our immune cells should rush to the site of infection, gobbling up the invader cells within minutes of receiving chemical messages from the invaders waste products. If the pathway to the site of infection is so congested that the signals don’t get through clearly, the infection becomes chronic and can remain for years. It can be difficult to treat chronic infections with antibiotics because they too are unable to reach the site of infection due to congestion and constriction in the circulation.
A cleansing diet is extremely beneficial in conjunction with abdominal massage. There are many herbal recommendations for chronic infection. An acute infection can spread systemically and is a medical emergency. If antibiotics are utilized to treat chronic infection, ensure that the uterus is properly positioned via massage to increase its ability to receive antibiotics via circulation and flush out errant bacteria.
*If infection is related to a STD, seek qualified health care first and massage work secondarily to normalize the uterine membrane and fallopian tubes, which can be left scarred after a bout of infection.
Generally benign, fibroids are tumors or growths of the uterine wall composed of muscle and connective. Other terms for fibroids are leiomyoma or simply myoma. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40’s and early 50’s. Though not all women have symptoms, fibroids cause problems when they grow large enough to encroach on other structures. Some women experience pain, excessive uterine bleeding, severe menstrual cramps, frequent urination, miscarriage, infertility, low backache, bowel irregularity, menstrual irregularity, and painful intercourse.
Fibroids are the most common reason hysterectomy is performed. As with all uterine complaints, abdominal massage addresses fibroids by properly positioning the uterus allowing proper blood flow, lymph circulation, and nerve transmission to reach the uterus.
Fibroids are stimulated by estrogen dominance and often decrease naturally with menopause because of lower estrogen levels in the blood. An exogenous estrogen-reducing diet will be recommended.
Whereas uterine fibroids are made of muscle tissue, polyps are smooth, bulb-shaped masses of endometrial tissue attached to the uterus by a stalk.
Those with uterine polyps will experience a great deal of pelvic and/or low back pain before, during, and after menstruation. Uterine polyps can cause fertility challenges, heavy bleeding, spotting, and bleeding after intercourse. Like fibroids, polyps are estrogen sensitive and an estrogen-reducing diet along with proper uterine positioning is important.
Abdominal massage directly addresses a displaced uterus and is quite successful in conjunction with daily self-care and the use of a faha for organ support. A pessary worn for organ prolapse must be removed before treatment.
The weight of a low or fallen uterus on top of the soft bladder decreases its capacity to hold urine. If frequent urination is accompanied by infection unsuccessfully treated by drug or natural therapies, the tendency to breed bacteria in the bladder will often clear up as soon as the uterus is lifted into and maintained in its proper position through massage and self-care.
If infection is acute, please see a qualified healthcare provider first and seek massage care as a preventative measure.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, the following menstrual symptoms, often seen as normal and managed with prescriptions and medical care, can often be attributed to a displaced uterus. If caused by a displaced uterus, these are greatly relieved or eliminated by specific sacral work which addresses the uterine ligaments and frees restrictions and the application of the massage along with diligent self care and lifestyle modifications such as pelvic opening exercises and an estrogen-reducing diet.
- failure to ovulate properly
- irregular periods
- painful ovulation and periods
- ovarian cysts
- non specific pelvic pain
- dark or thick blood at the onset or end of menstruation
- headache or dizziness with menses
- bloating or pelvic pressure
- blood clots during menses