Endometriosis and Manual Therapy + A Note from a Knowledgeable ClientMar 12, 2021
Sarah is a health professional and has a profound thirst for knowledge, which translated into finding everything she could about endometriosis when she started experiencing symptoms.
“Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, only speaking from my own personal experiences.
As a womxn with endometriosis, treatment options are limited. For many, searching for answers outside of the traditional allopathic realm have become common, mostly out of desperation. HRT, surgeries and hysterectomies are not always the answer, often causing more pain, the need for more surgeries, infertility and rarely addressing the root cause. After years of using synthetic hormones, surgeries and limited options, I took charge of my own health in collaboration with my supportive team of osteopaths, naturopaths and trained visceral manipulation experts, such as Casey, to find answers. I was fed up and eager to get off the medical machine of archaic, non-effective allopathic treatments.
My last surgery was 9 years ago but the cysts and pain came back. I see a gynaecologist twice annually and get ultrasound imaging to track the cysts every 6 months. In the last 5 years, my cysts have decreased in size or even disappeared (endometriomas included) and I have less days of pain and much less pain than when I was first diagnosed. Endo is supposed to worsen at my age. I attribute this to numerous factors that helped me personally:
1. Manual therapy/visceral manipulations: This has been key to mobilizing fascia, improving organ motility and addressing restrictions in the pelvis, spine and body
2. Optimal nutrition (mostly whole foods, plant based, organic when possible and free of dairy and other trigger foods)
3. Enzyme therapy (serrapeptase or nattokinase)
4. Supportive healthcare team (in addition to working with medical professionals) open to prescribing bio-idential progesterone, requisitioning detailed blood work and analyzing hormonal deficiencies
5. Removing as many toxins as possible (from personal care products including feminine hygiene products, household cleaners, foods etc.)
6. Daily movement (stretching, walking, cardio and strength training) to improve circulatory, lymphatic, cardiovascular and muscular systems
7. Positive mindset, letting go of the past and of emotions that no longer serve me
Casey’s treatments have been extremely helpful at managing pain and improving symptoms of endometriosis. After her treatments, I sometimes experience pain or a painful cycle, which often results in the passing of a cyst but I feel great after. She addresses many underlying symptoms and helps to locate the missing links in the body. I experience less pressure, feelings of heaviness and overall pain. I encourage all endo sufferers to explore alternatives to traditional treatments, seek out supportive health professionals and try to uncover what physical/environmental/epigenetic factors may be contributing to your endometriosis, in addition to your current care.
Research has been slow and frustrating. We wait on average 7 years for a diagnosis. One in 10 of us has endometriosis. My daughters deserve better, our daughters deserve better, womxn deserve better.”
Big thanks to Sarah for sharing.
Visceral manipulation, adhesion release and organ specific fascial mobilization can create more extensibility in fascia/connective tissue around the adhesions associated with endometriosis, which can:
decrease pain (menstrual pain, visceral pain, low back pain and hip pain, pain during sex and digestive pain)
facilitate the expulsion of painful cysts by liberating the uterus from adjacent structures to optimize its function
improve function of the effected organs due to increased mobilization
decrease pain and increase mobility of the surrounding joints and musculature, like the sacroiliac joints, the lumbar spine and hip joints, as well as the associated muscles
mobilize surgical scar tissue, that can often make pelvic pain worse
manage symptoms to maximize time and space between surgery, if surgery is necessary
In my experience, treatment is often painless, mildly uncomfortable at most and symptom relief is immediate. Clients feel spaciousness, lightness and a palpable softness where things were dense and hard before. Some will experience pain in the days after from the mobilization. Most experience less painful periods, others, like Sarah, experience more pain during their bleed, but feel relief after.
If you have endometriosis, or are experiencing symptoms (pain during menstruation, pain during sex, painful urination or bowel movements, etc) get yourself rolling on a Coregeous Ball daily and book yourself in for an appointment .
Your body will thank you!