Friday, February 27, 2015

Massage for Female Infertility

Female Infertility
Causes (Western POV)
  • Ovulation disorders, hormonal disorders
  • Uterine or cervical deformities
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Fallopian tube damage/blockage
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Unexplained
  • Secondary Causes: too much exercise, injury, abnormal growths or tumors, and also eating disorders
Western Treatments 
  • Pills to regulate hormones
  • Surgery
  • In vitro fertilization: fertilized egg(s) is surgically placed inside the uterus
  • Egg donor
  • Surrogate mother 
  • These treatments can cost a minimum of $10,000
Causes (TCM)
  • Major water element deficiency
  • Weak jing or essence 
  • Emotional blockages in relationship
  • Stagnant qi
TCM Treatment Goals
  • Nourishing conception vessel
  • Regulating menstrual cycle
  • Replenishing jing 
  • Tonifying kidney qi
  • Moving stagnant qi
TCM Treatments
  • Herbs
  • Acupuncture
  • Moxibustion
  • Massage
  • Usually overall treatment consists of one or more of these for approx. 6-15 months

  • Improves circulation
  • Breaks up adhesions by stimulating blood flow 
  • Helps regulate hormones resulting in more regular menstrual cycles
  • Can ease the pain of cramps during menstrual cycle
  • Strengthens reproductive organs
  • Helps reposition a tilted uterus
  • Speeds up recovery of scar tissue
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Moves stagnant energy blockages
  • Pregnancy
  • During menstruation: can cause pain and discomfort
Techniques (pelvic and abdominal area)
  • Myofacial release
  • Round rubbing
  • Light stretching
  • Pulling or stripping of muscles
  • Assisted breathing is beneficial also
  • Massage is not limited to only these techniques
  • Self abdominal massage
  • Firm, light-medium, slow and steady pressure (this area is sensitive on most people!)
  • When round rubbing always go in clockwise direction (with the flow of digestion)
  • Best time for this massage is after menstrual cycle until the ovulation phase (Day 6-14 of the ovulation cycle)
Locating Landmarks

  • Uterus is located approximately between the navel and pubic bone (closer to the pubic bone)
  • Ovaries are on both sides of the uterus approx. 3 inches left and right
    • Make a triangle with your hands and place a little below your navel, where your pinky fingers rest is approx. where your ovaries are.
  • The fallopian tubes link both the ovaries to the uterus