At the Gynecology Institute of Chicago, we believe in whole body healing. We believe that Western medicine is not the only route to total health. Alternative methods such as traditional Chinese medicine, with acupuncture and therapeutic massage, and pelvic floor physical therapy combined with contemporary medical technology can combine to give you the best total result. Your Chicago gynecologist and therapist will work together to design a program for you. Visit www.holisticrelaxation.org for more information.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity, and an NIH (National Institutes of Health) study stated that acupuncture is being widely practiced. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Our downtown Chicago Acupuncturist is well versed in all these techniques and can aid in infertiliy, urogynecology, and pelvic pain due to fibroids.
Acupuncture from a licensed therapist is proven to be safe, and promising studies have emerged regarding the efficacy of acupuncture. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine recently showed that acupuncture provides pain relief, improves osteoarthritis, and serves as an effective compliment to standard care.
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
The goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore health and balance to the body's channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy).
Pelvic floor problems affect bladder, bowel and sexual function and can cause pain. The problems may be weak muscle tone, torn muscles, hypertonicity of muscles, trapped nerves, scar tissue affecting organ mobility, and poor coordination of nerves and muscles.
Internal pelvic exam
Strengthening and re-coordination of weak muscles
Injection of pelvic floor trigger points to reduce spasticity by the MD
Soft tissue manipulation to restore organ mobility
Our referring physical therapists have advanced training and experience in treating this most intimate part of a woman's body to get the best results.