Women's Health, Fertility and Pregnancy Support


At the North Portland Wellness Center, all of our Providers are well versed in treating many women's health concerns including treatment throughout your pregnancy.

* In addition, Licensed Acupuncturist Annabelle Snow is a specialist in Fertility and Pregnancy support and Sarah Stanze, LMT, is our primary therapist for pre and post-natal massage. Although our Chiropractor Dr. Keenan Borgardt does not consider himself a pregnancy specialist, he treats women throughout their pregnancy for any acute or chronic pain syndromes and if they have been involved in a car accident.

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Chinese Medicine provides effective treatment for a variety of women’s health concerns, including PMS, painful periods, endometriosis, anovulation, menopausal syndrome, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, PCOS, uterine fibroids, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, depression, fatigue, weight loss or gain, insomnia, anxiety and more. Additionally, Chinese Medicine effectively treats many syndromes such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), depression, anxiety, headaches, fibromyalgia, full-body pain syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other syndromes that Western Medicine has found no effective holistic treatments for.

FERTILITY

Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are an incredibly effective modality for balancing your body systems and enhancing your overall fertility. We provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan including acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle change and nutritional assessment. We work with women of all ages in many different stages of fertility and conception, including women who are at the beginning of their fertility journey and want to optimize chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy to women who have had fertility challenges and need a higher level of intervention and support. We also work with women who are using assisted reproductive technology (ART) including IUI and IVF. Many women will also seek care for their partner in this journey as it can make a significant difference in the outcome.

PREGNANCY SUPPORT

Our Acupuncturists work with women through all stages of pregnancy, working commonly with the following:
  • First Trimester: Many complaints, including: fatigue, nausea/vomiting, threatened miscarriage, anxiety, insomnia
  • 2nd & 3rd trimester: Back or pelvic pain, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, spotting, gestational diabetes, Continued nausea/vomiting, heart burn, insomnia, fear and anxiety about the birth, breach presentation, sluggish labor.

In addition, Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Massage work well through pregnancy for patients with acute or chronic pain syndromes or have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident.

Prenatal Massage

Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. Some studies have shown that prenatal massage can actually reduce the stress hormones released in the body.

POST-PARTUM PERIOD

The 4th trimester, aka the post-partum period is a time when birthing parents are undergoing an enormous hormonal and physical adjustment period. It is common to feel exhausted and emotionally imbalanced. Your output is often much more than your input, which leaves many new parents feeling overwhelmed, tired and imbalanced. Our Acupuncturists support patients in this period to help combat exhaustion/fatigue, get hormones back in balance, offer lactation support and offer parents an opportunity to get grounded and centered. This is an incredibly challenging time for most parents and treatment is a great opportunity to get some additional support.