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26 Feb 2015

Physiotherapy successful in treating Female Infertility

Women’s Health Update: Physiotherapy successful in treating Female Infertility:

A ten year study of 1,392 infertile women shows those treated with a Physical Therapy approach (Clear Passage Approach)  have achieved pregnancy rates double those of surgery. The multi-site study, which will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (May/June, 2015), is now housed in the U.S. Library of Medicine.

Belinda Wurn developed the "Clear Passage Approach" after she was diagnosed with cancer many years ago leaving her infertile. 

"I couldnt have children so this business and this work has been our baby and has been incredibly rewarding," Wurn said.

Now she wants to help other women experience the joy of having children, thorugh research conducted by Clear Passage Therapy.

Researchers claim women treated with physical therapy enjoyed just-as-good if not better than standard medical treatments for most common causes of female fertility.

"Each person is looked at from head to toe and each issue that each person is having is addressed which makes really very different from modern medicine in the respect that it's not one pill fits all," Clinical Studies Director, Amanda Rice said.

The therapy called the "Cleared Passage Approach" costing about $6,000 feels like a deep massage. The twenty hour treatment is broken up in 5 days and focuses on shrinking adhesions, internal scars that form in the body."The research behind us that proves what we do works and in many cases is more than twice as successful as medicine or surgery," 

Belinda Wurn said.The therapy was developed 25 years ago by Belinda and her husband Larry to help decrease debilitating adhesions that formed in Belinda after pelvic surgery and radiation therapy.

The multi-site study was published in the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine earlier this month showing positive results for women infertile due to hormonal conditions. According to the U.S. Office of Women's Health, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is the primary cause of female infertility because it interferes with ovulation. Over 53% of infertile women with PCOS became pregnant after receiving therapy, roughly double the success rates of surgery and drugs, cited in the study.

Comparable to surgery, 43% of women diagnosed infertile with endometriosis became pregant after therapy. The authors were encouraged that women diagnosed subfertile or infertile due to high FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which occurs as a woman approaches menopause, had a 39% pregnancy rate.

According to the study, women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) also saw improvement. Pregnancy rates were 56% for women who received therapy before IVF transfers versus the national average of 37% during the decade long study. The largest difference was in women over the age of 40, where participants had an IVF pregnancy rate three to five times higher than the norm.

According to therapists, adhesions may be created because of surgeries, traumatic events such as car wrecks, slips and falls, infections, and any kind of inflammatory process.
The treatment is said to also completely open blocked fallopian tubes which was previously thought impossible without surgery.

"It's not a one shot deal," Wurn said. "Once tubes are opened, they're opened. Once the adhesions are gone, things seem to work as they should have worked when a woman was in her twenties."

It's an alternative giving women hope.

"I think it's very exciting," Gainesville resident, Jenny Frazer said. Women may have been very hesitant to take medical interventions so it's great that there's another option for them. Children are a blessing.

The team at Clear Passage say they are doing studies on people with bowel obstruction and have had success as well-Update by Physiotherapy Jobs Portal

Article Sources:

1. http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2015/02/physical-therapy-success-treating-female-infertility


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