Struggling to conceive? How osteopathy can improve fertility

Did you know that osteopathy can help with fertility? Safe, gentle and entirely natural, osteopathy has been proven to help treat the root causes of infertility. In fact, scientific studies[1] show that women have gone on to conceive within months of their last osteopathic treatment session and deliver at full-term.

At IMI, our gynaecological osteopaths have treated numerous women and men who have gone on to have the baby they dream of.

How does osteopathy help with fertility?

Osteopathy is a manual, non-invasive therapy that focusses on realigning and rebalancing your entire body. This is important because infertility can be caused by any number of issues in women and men: some more obvious and others hidden. Sometimes the obvious causes are treated by fertility doctors and couples still struggle to get pregnant. Other times, doctors go through a checklist and can’t determine why a couple is infertile  – with no insight into potential hidden factors, they conclude the causes are unknown.

Osteopathy does not only focus on one isolated area of concern or symptom; it focusses on your whole body. This way, osteopathy can find and address any underlying causes of infertility. After all, your whole body is an interconnected system: your anatomy, physiology, and biochemical systems do not function in silo – they directly impact and influence each other. If one body system is out of balance, other body systems will inevitably fall out of balance too. Osteopaths treat the entire body and its individual systems to restore complete balance and function, thus addressing health issues and creating an optimal environment for conception.

Infertility can be caused by structural, physiological, emotional and energetic issues – all of which an osteopath focuses on, in sequence, during treatment.

The IMI osteopathic approach to infertility

Structural

At IMI, our gynaecological osteopaths begin by treating structural blockages or misalignments in the body that may be impacting the reproductive system. Muscular and fascial restrictions, and sacral and pelvic misalignment can be caused by current or prior trauma like a former car accident, fall, chronic back pain or athletic injury. These can limit mobility of the reproductive organs in both men and women. Scar tissue adhesions and lymphatic congestion can impact fertility too.

Your gynaecological osteopath can realign and rebalance structural issues using a variety of  techniques. These include visceral manipulation, soft tissue and myofascial techniques, gentle joint manipulation, stretching,  and trigger-point therapy. They can help with uterus ante or retroversion too.

Physiological

Structural dysfunctions alter how the nervous and circulatory systems communicate with the pelvic organs. These dysfunctions can cause an abnormal blood flow, which can impair the flow of hormones and nutrients necessary to regulate the function of sex organs and nerves.

Additionally, inflammation in your gut may be impacting your sex organs, pressing on your the uterus or testicles, for example. Your osteopath will treat structural dysfunctions and, partnering with an IMI naturopath, help to tone down gut inflammation to improve your chances of conception.

Emotional and energetic

Stress levels in Hong Kong and around the world are at an all-time high. But even past traumatic life events or inner emotional blockages can affect your nervous system, its impact on hormonal balance, and subsequent effect on fertility. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body and it’s responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the internal organs and back again. In a calm state, your vagus nerve signals to your body to rest and recharge, but if it becomes dysregulated through chronic stress and trauma, it may constantly send signals to your body to go into stress mode. It communicates to your body that it’s not a good time to get pregnant.

Through craniosacral therapy and with a focus on the vagus nerve pathways, your osteopath can help improve and lower an aroused sympathetic nervous system. They can release emotional stress and trauma, and realign the body to an improved functional state for pregnancy.

Osteopathy for fertility: a case study

Here’s an example of a client who came to IMI for osteopathic treatment. At the time, Jane* was 30 years old. Her struggles with severe menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) was impacting her life and work. During an initial in-depth consultation, it came to light that Jane had a history of hip injury – she had fallen down the stairs in her early 20s. Using trigger point therapy and visceral techniques, we treated her iliam and sacrum bones and her pelvic floor muscle, and addressed mechanical restrictions in her uterus. This, in turn, helped to improve the blood circulation to her hips and pelvis.

During a session – in a safe and trusted space – Jane shared she was trying to conceive, but she feared her menstrual health issues would impact her chances of successfully getting pregnant. Through fascia techniques on her uterus and sacrum, we were able to alleviate her injury trauma at the tissular level. We also helped her to direct her breathing to her hips, lowering her stress and restoring a sense of calm. Jane’s menstrual cycles became less painful and after five months, she conceived and is now overjoyed to be a mother.

If you are proactively preparing your body for pregnancy or struggling to conceive, you may wish to connect with our gynaecological osteopaths. Click here to schedule a consultation or call the clinic at 2523 7121.

*We respect client confidentiality. The name and identifying details have been changed to protect client identity.

About the author

IMI Osteopath Victor Bourdeau is sought out by clients seeking safe and natural fertility support. Highly intuitive, he is skilled at identifying the root cause of health issues and addressing the contributing physiological and biochemical interactions through personalised treatment plans that balance mind, body and spirit. Victor also supports women throughout their pregnancy journey – during and post to ensure their optimal wellbeing.


[1] Kramp, Mary Ellen. “Combined Manual Therapy Techniques for the Treatment of Women with Infertility: A Case Series” Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vol 112, no 10, 2012, pp 680-684

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