Massage techniques were applied to previously infertile women, and six of the 10 women subsequently conceived babies that were delivered at full term.

“Current management options for infertility, including hormone therapy, intrauterine insemination, and in vitro fertilization, tend to be expensive, are not necessarily covered by insurance, and carry different levels of short-term and long-term health risks,” the investigators of this small study wrote.

For their research 10 infertile women were treated with one to six sessions of manual therapy applied to the pelvic region. Techniques included muscle energy, lymphatic drainage, and visceral manipulation.

• Six of the 10 women conceived within three months of the last treatment session.

• All 6 of those women delivered at full term.

“Many of the issues that contribute to infertility can be traced to scar tissue, fascial restriction, and lymphatic congestion in the pelvic region,” the investigators wrote. “Manual therapy techniques exist to release fascial restrictions, to mobilize tight ligaments, and to drain congested lymphatics, all of which can be applied to the reproductive system.”

The study was conducted at Relief at Hand LLC, in Seminole, Florida. Results were published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.