For over a decade, my passion has been in the realm of female pelvic health. We are too often told that we must simply live with issues such as incontinence, menstrual pain, infertility, and other pelvic issues, which is simply not true!
Your body is an incredible self-healing organism. Bodywork is a key component in clearing interferences to its natural state of being and optimum expression.
My work is a blend of the following techniques:
Chiropractic Medicine :: a foundational practice to keep your joints in proper alignment for optimum nerve system balance.
As a Certified Reiki Master, it is my practice to bring warmth and presence to all sessions, which is particularly helpful for those with high sensitivity or a history of trauma.
Most care plans involve a combination of these modalities, depending on your specific needs.
HANDS-ON HEALING + ENERGY MEDICINE IS A PROFOUND WAY TO HELP:
- develop a deeper sense of being in your own body
- decrease stress - improve sensation
- encourage self-care and body intuition
- enhance your sense of balance - improve function
HPC is a bodywork practice combining physical and energetic tools to assist in realigning the female pelvis. HPC was created by Tami, who is also the author of Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit, and Joy in the Female Body. It is a great honor to have met Tami early on in my practice and work as her teaching assistant many times over the years. What I learned from her deeply informed the way I practice chiropractic.
Later, I became certified in Merciér Therapy, a hands-on holistic fertility treatment protocol that is backed by a research study showing an 83% fertility success rate within 1 year.
Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States 2009
Pre-medicine, PCC & PSU 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Marylhurst University 2004
fertility support and pregnancy preparation
post partum recovery
pelvic pain and cramping
decreased/painful mobility in hips & pelvis
pain from cysts, fibroids and scar tissue
Besides being great for long-term pelvic health, Physical Medicine can help with:
recovery from pelvic procedures
transition to menopause
a sense of heaviness in the pelvis
pain with intercourse
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED?
Our bodies move slowly and it can take time to make lasting changes to deeply held patterns. Chiropractic care is designed to make small adjustments to your system over a period of time to facilitate nervous system balance. Holistic Pelvic Care is designed to release tension and increase function at the root of the female body. During your detailed Initial Intake, Dr. Danielle will provide you with specific recommendations.
WILL EVERY SESSION INCLUDE INTERNAL PELVIC FLOOR WORK?
Your customized treatment plan will likely include a combination of chiropractic adjusting, myofascial release of the internal and external pelvic muscles, depending on what is found during your initial exam. Some people do not have a need for internal work, though it is always good to get checked once and a while to make sure the muscles are balanced. You will get a customized treatment plan during your Initial Intake with specific recommendations designed just for you.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A PELVIC FLOOR SESSION?
In the first session, we will discuss your history and goals. Then, I will briefly introduce you to the pelvic anatomy with a skeletal model and answer any questions you have before we move on to the physical exam. During the treatment session, the pelvic muscles are assessed intravaginally to determine how the muscles are engaging during a pelvic squeeze or “Kegel” exercise followed by techniques such as intravaginal massage, myofascial release, trigger point, breathwork and visualization tools to assist core physical and energetic balance. Each session includes an assessment of the joints and any necessary adjustments. Follow-up sessions begin with a brief re-assessment and then focus primarily on treatment. Each session ends with a review of pelvic self-care.
HOW IS A PELVIC FLOOR SESSION DIFFERENT THAN AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY OB/GYN?
In allopathic medicine, women’s health consists of an exam with a speculum to check for abnormal cervical cells. As a bodyworker and physician, I will ask many of the same questions as your OB/GYN, but our exam and "treatment" differ as I am primarily focused on the positions of the skeletal system and pelvic organs, and tone, texture, and function of the muscles and fascia of the pelvic floor — what I can feel with my hands. I do not do PAP exams — you will see no stirrups in my office! Women often comment on what a relief it is to experience a doctor's visit for this part of the body that does not feel so cold and clinical.
WHAT EFFECTS WILL I NOTICE AFTER A PELVIC FLOOR SESSION?
Many women describe an immediate feeling of a renewed sense of connection and awareness of their pelvic space and more of a sense of being in their body. They also report feeling calm, centered, and grounded. Energy and blood flow are increased to the pelvic bowl, and many women report a decrease in overall symptoms and a strengthening of pelvic floor muscle engagement.
PLEASE NOTE: This work is designed to restore physical and energetic balance, which can sometimes bring up emotions stored deep in the body. It may be necessary for a referral to a trained counselor in which case, you will be referred to a trusted specialist. If you have a history of trauma, please be sure to have a current relationship with a counselor.
CAN YOU HELP WITH FERTILITY?
Yes. I have been trained in a technique called Mercier Therapy, which is backed by an evidence-based study that had incredible results. In fact, 83% of the women became pregnant within a year of finishing the Mercier Therapy Shared Journey Fertility program which included 6 hours of pelvic organ manipulation and a few supportive supplements. The majority of these women had no medical intervention and just monitored their own cycles with the help of Jennifer Mercier’s support.
DO YOU PROCESS INSURANCE?
We are out-of-network with insurance companies. If you receive out-of-network chiropractic benefits, we provide a “superbill” for reimbursement, which sometimes covers some of this work. We offer affordable care plans to make sure every person and family has access to care.
CAN I WORK WITH YOU EVEN IF I AM NOT IN THE BAY AREA?
Absolutely! After working with women in person for over a decade, I have designed a Health & Vitality Coaching program for those wanting to work with me virtually.