Can Manual Physical Therapy Help Treat Infertility?

physical therapy for infertiltyMost people do not realize that physical therapy can be used to treated certain types of infertility.  Belinda Wurn, PT and Larry Wurn, LMT,  founders of Clear Passage therapy, developed  the “Wurn technique” which is a hands on physical therapy modality used to treat specific types of infertility.  They developed the Wurn technique because Belinda developed painful scar tissue (adhesions) after surviving a devastating battle with cervical cancer.  The body often forms adhesions as a part of the healing process, over time these adhesions become restrictive to the body and are the source of pain.  The Wurn technique removes these tiny adhesions allowing these organs to move freely and as a byproduct pain is reduced.   This is a noninvasive, nonsurgical,  technique which was developed 20 year ago and was at first, mainly used to treat chronic pain from conditions such as endometriosis.  However, over the years this treatment has been found to treat many types of infertility.  Infertility secondary to the following conditions is treated at Clear Passage:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Elevated FSH, hormonal problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Hydrosalpinx
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pre-IVF therapy
  • Secondary Infertility
  • Unexplained infertility

 

It is particularly interesting to me that hormonal infertility can sometimes be improved with the “Wurn” technique.   Clear passage has had success in treating elevated FSH successfully.   Some women became pregnant naturally after being treated.

A large peer-reviewed study shows a relatively high 39% pregnancy rate (48/122) in women diagnosed infertile with high FSH. (Rice et al., 2015a)www.clearpassage.com 

Exactly how does the “Wurn” technique lower FSH?  Below is an excerpt from www.clearpassage.com that explains their process:

We have come to believe that the tissues within the skull (including the pituitary) react to adhesive pulls similarly to other tissues in the body. Housed within a well-protected cavity of the sphenoid bone in the center of the skull, the pituitary is considered the “master gland” of female reproduction. Successful reproductive activity and hormone levels depend on a medically-recognized communication loop between the ovaries (in the pelvis) and the pituitary and hypothalamus glands (in the center of the head). However, the exact mechanism of that intricate communication loop remains a mystery. The loop, called the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, is largely responsible for whether or not a woman can create an egg capable of conception. We find that when we treat the dura and its attachments all the way into the brain, we often witness dramatic improvements in FSH levels – and many natural, full-term pregnancies in women diagnosed hormonally infertile.”

The results of Clear Passage therapy are certainly promising and are encouraging.  This is a relatively, benign, noninvasive, non-surgical procedure that some women have had great success with.  Clear Passage has been successfully treating female infertility for about 20 years and have some data that display their success rates right on their website. While this therapy may not be for everybody, I encourage you to visit their website to see if you can benefit.

 

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