It has long been understood that specific conditions in women can make conceiving more of a challenge. If we take a look at complementary medicine such as massage therapy, we find that there are in fact non-invasive, supportive techniques available to women to assist in fertility.
An underlying glance at associated conditions.
Understanding some of the conditions associated with fertility concerns can help create a clearer focus on how, where and why we are treating the body. Take for instance a blocked fallopian tube. Blockages in the body are often caused by adhesions, or abnormal joining of membranous surfaces instigated by inflammation or injury. Massage has the ability to gently break-up and assist in eliminating these tissues.
Additionally, ovarian cysts can cause a series of hormonal imbalances to occur. Since massage is toted for increasing circulation, it helps bring fresh blood to the eggs as well as reinforces the hormonal feedback loop in charge of the menstruation cycle.
How can massage assist with fertility?
When performed by a Licensed Massage Therapist, massage can:
- Eliminate adhesions that cause blockages
- Break up dense fibrous scar tissue
- Increase blood flow to the uterus
- rid the body of stagnant blood
- Help the liver process excess hormones
- Reposition a tilted uterus
- Reduce stress and anxiety
Is it safe to do self-massage at home?
Certainly you can use gentle massage strokes on your abdomen to encourage circulation. Always go in a circular direction, clockwise, to assist with elimination. Leave the deep work to the professionals. And as the adage goes, "When in doubt, don't." If you are unsure if you are pregnant or think you may be, talk to your doctor first or wait until you know for sure. If you are pregnant, seek out a professional Prenatal massage (after your first trimester if possible) because your low back, neck and shoulders will need some TLC in a few months!