Recently at the biodynamic craniosacral therapy conference I had the good fortune to be the demonstration client for my friend and fellow teacher Christopher Mueller, he is a magical and astute practitioner; his knowledge of anatomy in impeccable. He was presenting on the Biotensegrity of the Pelvis.
He checked my leg length, shoulder height, and posture in a standing weight bearing position. I then lay down face up on the table as he showed the conference attendees various holds influencing the pelvis and the viscera that it contains as he treated me.
I have had a history of menstrual pain since I was 15 years old. I have tried many different treatments such as medications, hormone pills, nutritional supplements, Chinese herbs, Mayan abdominal massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy; the list goes on. Some of them helped, but never fully. My monthly pain has taught me a lot over all these years. I have learned about estrogen dominance, the endocrine system, the digestive system, functional health, inflammation, and structure. I studied and read in great depth to help others, and myself. At this point in my life I had surrendered to the monthly pain and was holding out for menopause. I have seen so many friends get hysterectomy's.
Christopher taught me something that I had not known after all these years. There is a ligament that is in 60% of the female population called the “Ligament of Cleyet”. As he was working I somatically learned that I have this ligament. It runs from the right ovary to the cecum ( which is part to of the appendix). I have always had pain during my cycle in my right lower abdomen. I would feel pretty bad every month for 1-5 days, this has been for the past 40 years! Medical doctors never could tell me what exactly was causing this pain. My acupuncturist said that I had too much cold in my uterus. I thought maybe all the ice fishing I did as a kid had caused that. Nowadays I would never be caught dead ice fishing, I consider it one of the stupidest sports for myself. Just sitting outside all day at subzero temperatures freezing on the ice. I am not a big fan of the cold, unless I am moving around to stay warm.
As Christopher worked, my system began to finally feel understood. My system knew he was an expert who was sensing the story in my tissue with great anatomical detail. My psoas released, my iliacus released, my leg began to wobble involuntarily off the side of the table. One of the people observing the session asked if I was doing that movement with my leg voluntarily. I thought to myself “hell no, this is sooo weird, yet I am ok as I notice my system discharging!”. My system seemed to be titrating many years of the pain it had been experiencing in my tissue field. He held the ligament below the area of my right ASIS, and worked biodynamically through my craniosacral system. The work was so gentle, and clear.
The proximity of the right ovary to the cecum and appendix can cause ovarian problems that stem from digestive issues. A right ovary may become inflamed if there are problems with the cecum. My digestive tract had tolerated a lot as a child when we lived in India. I was exposed to some hard core flora/biome, and gastrointestinal bugs that were really different from my original New England gut biome. The genitofemoral nerve passes under this ligament and can be irritated by a restricted ligament, or an inflamed ovary or cecum. I had experienced that nerve pain on and off over the years as well. This can cause nerve pain down the thigh or into the right knee. I think all of these factors created a perfect storm for me to have menstrual pain most of my life.
I know that this is a bit personal, yet feel that sharing what I learned may be useful to those suffering with these kinds of health issues.
Abdominal infection, pelvic alignment, surgery, traumatic falls, or car accidents may affect the way the ovary and fallopian tubes function. I was a very active kid, and kept up pretty well with my four older brothers. My sister also had a horse that I fell off of more than once. So I am sure I had hit the ground countless times influencing my structure; especially my sacrum and pelvis.
After the treatment /demonstration session was finished my cycle showed up immediately. I was very anxious about the timing of it starting since I was about to do a one hour presentation in front of 80 people on concussions and how biodynamic craniosacral therapy is so effective at treating them!
To my surprise I did not need to take any medications, or herbs, and had no pain throughout my the rest of my cycle. This was one of the only times in my life I had not been in pain during my cycle, and did not need to take some kind of pill.
I will be incorporating this understanding of this ligament with my patients. If anyone had told me that this would've happened, I would have probably laughed out loud. Once again the breath of life has blown me away by the healing it can create when a person is held in the hands of a skilled person such as Christopher Mueller.
Thank you Christopher! I am so grateful for your work, it is non-invasive, safe, and clear, and I wish you lived closer than California !
When we work with the “current” directed by the breath of life amazing things happen!
Yours in Health, Dr Kate