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Massage Therapy

Medical Bodywork

Femwell offers specialized evidence-based medical bodywork services specifically for women’s health needs. Medical bodywork encompasses various hands-on techniques to alleviate chronic and acute pain, improve healing after injury, support postoperative recovery, improve body alignment and mobility, prepare for childbirth, improve breastfeeding, and optimize organ function. Femwell currently offers Myofascial Release, Post-Operative Scar Tissue Mobilization, Clogged Duct/Mastitis Management, Gynovisceral Manipulation, Birth Body Balancing, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. All of the bodywork services we offer are backed by medical research and have been shown to significantly improve health outcomes.

Myofascial Release

 

John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Technique (JFB-MFR) addresses the fascial system, the three dimensional web of connective tissue which connects and surrounds every muscle, organ, and cell in the body. Trauma and/or repetitive motions or positioning (surgeries, injuries, accidents, sitting or standing all day, computer and phone use, etc.) can result in painful restrictions in this system. JFB-MFR is a gentle, hands on approach which gently takes the pressure off of these painful structures to restore function, mobility and health to the tissues. JFB-MFR has been found to be helpful for chronic neck and back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, pelvic pain, carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapment conditions, painful and/or restricted scar tissue and adhesions from surgeries, and more.

 

Myofascial Release sessions are provided by Jenny Arch, PTA, LMBT and are available as 60 minute sessions. Jenny can also provide a combination of Myofascial Release and Cranial Sacral Therapy techniques within the same session, if desired.

Post-Operative Scar Tissue Mobilization

After a surgical procedure, scar tissue forms in each of the layers of connective tissue the incision was made; the visible scar on the skin’s surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Scar tissue is made up of collagen- just like the tissue it replaces. However, the quality of collagen in scar tissue is not as strong or elastic as the original tissue. Furthermore, scar tissue can develop adhesions (attachments) to other surrounding tissues- skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and organs. Wherever it lays down, it pulls on the surrounding structures- making the area taut and restricting blood flow. This can often result in pain, impaired sensation, restricted movement, and/or dysfunction in that area. Scar tissue massage and myofascial release techniques gently break down scar tissue, promote flexibility, and enhance circulation in the affected areas after post-surgical procedures such as mastectomy, hysterectomy, and c-section.

 

Post-Operative Scar Tissue Mobilization sessions are provided in 60 minute sessions by Jenny Arch, PTA, LMBT, who is passionate about providing women with a comfortable space to heal vulnerable parts of the body.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a light touch manual therapy which directly addresses the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and surrounding structures) by stimulating self correction and structural healing down to the cellular level. Stress to the CNS can result in headaches, neurological issues, nerve pain, anxiety, sleep issues, depression, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, and other dysfunctions. Touching the Brain techniques, an outgrowth of cranial sacral therapy that our LMBT is trained in, are born out of the past 20 years of glial cell and CNS research. These cutting edge techniques have widespread implications regarding CNS health in many areas including physical health, mental health, addiction, and memory and have the potential to support the CNS and bring one back into health and alignment.

 

Cranial Sacral Therapy sessions are provided by Jenny Arch, PTA, LMBT and are available as 60 minute sessions. Jenny can also provide a combination of Myofascial Release and Cranial Sacral Therapy techniques within the same session, if desired.

Clogged Duct & Mastitis Management

It is estimated that 2 out of 3 breastfeeding women experience clogged milk ducts- congestion of the tube-like structures that carry milk from the lobules, where milk is produced, to the nipple. Clogged ducts occur from inflammation around the ducts, often due to inefficient latch/sucking patterns, prolonged compression of the breast, breast engorgement, incomplete breast emptying, or changes in a baby’s feeding schedule. Clogged ducts result in painful and tender lumps in the breast tissue. If not addressed properly, they can lead to mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue that can cause increased breast pain and flu-like symptoms, and/or abscesses. 

 

Recent research shows that common practices, such as heat application, deeply massaging the breast, and pumping to fully empty the breast, can actually make clogged ducts/inflammation worse and lead to recurrence. However, therapeutic ultrasound has been found to offer a gentle yet effective solution for clogged ducts, utilizing sound waves to enhance circulation, dissolve blockages, and decrease inflammation, all contributing to quick and comfortable relief. In addition to therapeutic ultrasound, Dr. Alyssa Brussee, OTD, OTR/L, PCES, CDP utilizes the most recent research-based strategies to help women find lasting relief from clogged ducts and mastitis including manual lymphatic drainage techniques, positioning techniques, and self-care strategies.

 

Clogged Duct & Mastitis Management sessions are available with Dr. Alyssa as 30 or 60 minute sessions.

Gyno-visceral Manipulation

 

Blood is the lifeline that ensures every organ, muscle, nerve, and tissue in your body receives oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and efficiently disposes of waste. When blood flow to your pelvic organs is obstructed due to malposition or scar tissue/adhesions from congenital anomalies, genetics, surgical procedures, endometriosis, or pregnancy/childbirth, it can lead to a spectrum of symptoms including pelvic pain, hormonal imbalances, pain during ovulation and menstruation, infertility, constipation, bloating/abdominal distension, heightened urinary urgency/frequency, chronic urinary tract infections, and pain with sexual intercourse. 

 

Gynovisceral manipulation is a deep external pelvic organ manual technique that addresses scar tissue, adhesions, malalignment, and decreased mobility of the pelvic organs and surrounding soft tissues to improve their blood flow and function. In the same way that deep tissue massage promotes the restoration of blood flow to muscles, thereby improving their alignment, strength, and coordination, gynovisceral manipulation specifically targets organ tissues for optimal mechanical and chemical function. 

 

Gynovisceral Manipulation sessions are provided by Dr. Alyssa Brussee, OTD, OTR/L, PCES, CDP and are available in 60 minute sessions.

 

Birth Body Balancing

 

Childbirth is a monumental physical and mental endurance event that women should not be expected to complete without training. While pregnancy, labor, and delivery often involve situations that are beyond our control (like many other aspects of parenting), we can prepare well to increase the likelihood of having a birth and postpartum experience we desire. Babies are able to get into the best position possible when the mom's body is balanced. Sometimes restrictions in core and pelvic muscles, fascia, and ligaments can create a torsion in the uterus and affect the position of the baby- making it difficult to descend into the pelvis with ease. Furthermore, tension in specific musculature of the pelvic girdle can prevent a baby from descending into the birth canal and increase risk of perineal tearing during birth. Specialized manual releases and positioning strategies can aid in a smooth delivery by creating balance, symmetry, and mobility in the mom's body so that her baby is positioned well for birth.

 

Birth Body Balancing sessions involve external manual release of the back, core, and pelvic girdle musculature, fascia, and ligaments to improve pelvic symmetry and alignment to facilitate a smoother labor. These sessions can also include specific manual release work and positioning techniques for breech and transverse lying babies, and internal release work if desired.

 

Birth Body Balancing sessions are 60 minutes in duration and are provided by Dr. Alyssa Brussee, OTD, OTR/L, PCES, CDP. 

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