Arvigo Therapy® FAQs

What symptoms are improved with the Arvigo Therapy®?

The Arvigo® techniques were developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN. based on her apprenticeship with the Maya healer Don Elijio Panti and her own education, training, experience and research as a naprapathic physician. Arvigo Therapy® helps the body to find balance by correcting the position of abdominal organs and improving the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and energy. In this way we support and enhance the reproductive and digestive systems, improving our overall health.

Practitioners of Arvigo Therapy® report that many common health symptoms are alleviated by these techniques. The most common symptoms that are improved by Arvigo Therapy® are

  • Displaced or prolapsed uterus and or bladder

  • Painful or irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation

  • Bladder or yeast infections

  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies

  • Endometriosis

  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms

  • Fertility challenges

  • PMS/Depression with menstruation

  • Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Low back ache

  • Pelvic congestion, pain

  • Digestive Disorders and Gastritis

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Gastro Esophogeal Reflux (GERD)

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Chronic constipation

  • Chronic indigestion or heartburn

  • Restricted breathing due to tension

How can this work help these symptoms?

Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis and slightly above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. Sometimes these ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.

A uterus in any of these positions is often said to be "tilted or prolapsed" which may lead to many symptoms. Women may be told that they have a tilted uterus, and there is nothing that can be done or that it's normal and nothing to be concerned about.  Depending on the symptoms a woman experiences,  typical treatment options may include the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery. 

In actuality, there are many physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with Arvigo Therapy® and self-care massage. When reproductive organs shift, they can impede flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections and energy flow. Pressure on blood and lymph vessels can cause issues throughout the different systems in the body. By shifting the uterus back into position, homeostasis (the natural balance of the body) is restored in the pelvic area and surrounding organs. Toxins can be properly eliminated by the body and nutrients that help to nourish tissue and balance hormones are able to move and function as they should. This unimpeded flow and function is essential for healthy reproductive functioning, such as painless and regular menstruation and ovulation, healthy pregnancy, effective labor and birth and postpartum recovery. 

Adhesions or restrictions from surgical treatments to the pelvic or abdominal area, including fibroids and endometriosis treatment, and cesarean delivery are diminished when addressed by abdominal massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can also be helped by decreasing adhesions and providing for better system flow (blood, nerve, lymph and energy) and organ position and function. Many common disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn are frequently helped by Arvigo Therapy® and self-care massage.

How does Arvigo Therapy® provide support for fertility?

Arvigo® practitioners have found that approx 30% of woman who have been unsuccessful in conceiving eventually conceive after a succession of Arvigo sessions and regular self-care. Treatments generally consist of massage, complimentary modalities and lifestyle modifications to enhance fertility. Once the uterus is in its optimal position, there are improved hemo-dynamics (flow of blood, nerve, lymph and energy) and homeostasis to support and enhance fertility. When including the partner in the process, we find fertility is increased.

How does Arvigo Therapy® provide support for pregnancy?

As the baby and uterus grow, additional strain is put on the uterine and pelvic ligaments and pelvic floor muscles. With regular massage, the uterus stays well-positioned, receives good blood supply, and grows strong and resilient. Arvigo® Therapy normalizes pelvic alignment allowing the uterus to guide itself to optimal positioning in the pelvis. This positioning encourages good positioning of baby, and facilitates labor and delivery. Arvigo® practitioners have repeatedly found that their clients experience significantly shorter and easier labors. Midwifery-based practices that have integrated Arvigo® Therapy into their care have reported positive differences in birth outcomes as evidenced by more efficient contractions and shorter labors. Arvigo® Therapy is also helpful for improving digestion and breathing issues which can occur during pregnancy.

How does Arvigo Therapy® provide support after Hysterectomy or C-Section?

Women who have had hysterectomies and C-sections benefit greatly from these techniques. Arvigo Therapy®, at the appropriate time, can help heal the scar and the underling fascia and tissue in a more productive way. This work can help our bodies to feel and function better in the future by allowing tissues and organs to move more properly and freely. Ligaments and other remaining organs are also benefited from improving circulatory flow to the pelvis through massage.

How does ATMAT provide support for digestion?

Many anxieties and emotions through life are stored in our body's tissues and organs, including the organs of the digestive system. This can lead to tension and tightness in the abdomen which impede flow and functioning. With decreased functional ability of our digestive organs we may experience issues such constipation, indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and eventually to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD), Crohn's and more.

Stresses and emotions can interfere with the flow of peristalsis in the small intestine and colon. Surrounding fascia can accumulate adhesions that interfere with the position of organs and impede proper blood flow and enzyme secretions. These techniques slowly improve fascial adhesions and scar tissue in the digestive tract. Frequently there is improvement after just one session when combined with proper diet and self-care.

What should I expect during a session?

  • Thorough discussion of personal health history and current health care issues and concerns. Full explanation of bodywork and answering of any concerns or questions before bodywork.

  • Evaluation of structural alignment of spine and pelvis with attention to the sacrum, lumbar and thoracic spine.

  • Abdominal and back massage focused on aligning pelvic structures, reproductive and abdominal organs.

  • Instruction in self-care massage to support and enhance your session with me.

  • Recommendation of complementary modalities to support bodywork and goals.

Are there contraindications, cautions or modifications with Arvigo® Therapy?

Arvigo Therapy® is safe and effective with few contrainidcations. There are some conditions where application of these techniques is either contraindicated or requires modification. Please consult with me if you have any questions. Contraindications, cautions and modifications include:

  • During active menstruation

  • IUD present

  • Immediately after abdominal surgery, until healed and cleared by surgeon

  • Active infection or cancer present in pelvic area, or while undergoing chemotherapy

  • Active and acute infection

  • Abdominal Aneurysm

  • Pessary for uterine prolapse (remove prior to your session)

  • Any serious health condition that causes you concern

For more information visit the Arvigo website.

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