Despite the advances the field of medicine has made in problems regarding infertility and how to address them in recent decades, many people remain infertile even after trying novel yet costly techniques. This pushed many researchers and fertility medical professionals to look for alternative ways to decrease infertility. In all the methods they came up with or discovered, physical therapy was one that truly shone through. Research shows that comprehensive physical therapy treatments, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture, can significantly reduce infertility problems and help with hormonal imbalances. In this post, we will go over how each of these treatments can help you and how our team at YC Rehab can help you utilize these methods on your path to fertility.
PHYSIOTHERAPY, MASSAGE THERAPY, ACUPUNCTURE, AND INFERTILITY
Studies show that physical therapy can considerably increase fertility chances by a considerable amount. Many people undergoing other infertility treatment methods, such as IVF, have reported a great increase in their fertility rate after receiving physical therapy services. It is believed that PT services can help with the primary causes of infertility: pain during sex, emotional imbalance, and adhesions.
According to studies, physical therapy can help patients grow their chances of pregnancy by 40-60%. However, it has proven to be more effective in patients with specific conditions, including:
- Blocked fallopian tubes (60%)
- Polycystic ovaries syndrome or PCOS (53%)
- A high level of follicle-stimulating hormone, which is a sign of ovarian failure (40%)
- Endometriosis is a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus (45%)
Remember that this specific method is a special form of massage therapy that focuses on improving and healing adhesions. Adhesions are internal scars that form inside our body’s soft tissue in the healing process of infections, inflammation, surgeries, trauma, and many more. These scars act like glue in our bodies, causing fallopian tubes to close, blocking the eggs’ exit, or even covering endometria, making implantation difficult. This stickiness can be taken care of by using this specific massage therapy technique. The pressure applied to the organs of the uterus-bearing person would ensure said reproductive organs are in place and working more efficiently, which helps with infertility and symptoms of emotional imbalance.
Another technique mainly used by physiotherapists is called the Mercier technique. In this technique, your physical therapist will use pressure to manipulate your pelvic visceral organs manually. The pressure is applied from the outside, making this old yet effective technique slightly uncomfortable. However, the Mercier technique has proven to increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs by taking care of conditions such as a badly positioned uterus, restricted ovaries, scar tissue, and endometriosis, all of which can decrease blood flow, leading to infertility.
On top of that, acupuncture treatment has also proven to help with infertility by increasing the blood flow to the areas it is applied to. It can also help with hormonal imbalance and stress-related issues.
Suppose you or someone you know is struggling with infertility issues. In that case, our Yonge Cummer Rehabilitation Clinic team can help you! We offer comprehensive physical therapy services in North York. We have certified physiotherapists, a registered massage therapist, and a registered acupuncturist at our premises. Just give us a call!