Recently, Dr. Rosita Arvigo and Ms. Donna Zubrod were featured on a podcast that I frequently listen to in order to learn more in supporting my clients who are working on optimizing their natural fertility capacities. In this episode, Dr. Arvigo and Ms. Zubrod discuss the results of Donna's observational study, "A Clinical Observational Study of the Effects of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (R) on Menstrual Cycle and Reproductive Health Biomarkers." Donna completed this work in order to fulfill the requirement to become an advanced teacher of the Arvigo (R) Therapy methods.
In her observational study, Ms. Zubrod applied professional care Arvigo (R) sessions in addition to regular practice of self-care massage, which was taught to each study participant. The main biomarkers tracked were cervical mucous quality and luteal phase length (the 2nd half of the menstrual cycle, important body system markers that may be related to fertility. Secondary markers were also tracked including: changes in menstrual bleeding pattern, cycle-related pain, constipation, mood, and painful intercourse. Participant adherence to self-care massage was also tracked.
As a reasonable critique, this was a very small study including 10 female participants, ages 25-36 years old. Knowing the rigors that physical therapy evidence-based practice has attained, this is likely considered a less generalize-able study to broader populations and contexts. Of course, additional potential for confounding variable such as investigator bias also exists. That being said, Ms. Zubrod did due-diligence to controlling for as many variables as she was able to with no additional assistance or financial backing. Her stated purpose was , "to assess whether a larger, more formalized study would be worthwhile and to help lay the groundwork for such a future study..." I applaud Ms. Zubrod's tenacity and passion to undertake such a project, to apply the rigors of the scientific process to a healing tradition practice. Having published one case study myself (that means a study with only one patient in an emerging practice area of physical therapy at the time) in the best peer-reviewed in physical therapy, it's no small task, at all, ever. I am inspired by her efforts and know there is something to be gleaned from her results moving forward.
I highly encourage that you listen to the podcast, not only to learn more about the results, but also to listen to Dr. Arvigo and Ms. Zubrod themselves explain the finer details of Arvigo (R) Therapy and how it seems to help. I will summarize the main study findings here:
1) Improved quality of cervical mucous/ fluid and number of days observed
2) Increased length of luteal phase
3) Improved period pain experience by participants (less pain overall)
All the participants in this study were tracking their cycles using Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM), with cycles being reviewed with the participant at each professional session, which took place once monthly for at least 3 cycles total. They tracked a baseline menstrual cycle before having a professional Arvigo session as well. I am curious to know how many women were already using FABM cycle tracking methods before the study, as it is known to take at least several months to accurately use this method of tracking. Accuracy of tracking may improve with awareness, which theoretically, could improve the resulting values obtained from the beginning to the end of the study. By doing monthly review of menstrual charts, no doubt, Ms. Zubrod did her best to control for this.
That being said, Ms. Zubrod has done amazing work to open the path for more rigorous research to be done with Arvigo (R) therapy. As a fellow Arvigo practitioner (R), I am grateful for her time and efforts and look forward to more in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about Arvigo (R) Therapy, or learning how it might be supportive to your healing path, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Arvigo website to find a practitioner in your area here: https://arvigotherapy.com/arvigo-practitioners/