One of the most devastating problems facing many couples today is infertility - not being able to have a child. I see this in many patients that I have had the good fortune to meet. The anguish is nothing short to heart breaking for many. Many such couples have tried fertility clinics, fertility enhancing drugs, vitamin injections, counseling, etc. Unfortunately for these couples, the problem remains.
In my own experience, I have found most cases of fertility to be fairly one-sided. I have observed that the problem seems to be more with women than with men. Let me explain.
For those who are not all that aware of exactly how the process of ovulation takes place let’s review.
When a woman ovulates, the egg goes down one fallopian tube one month and then down the other fallopian tube the next month. In other words, it tends to alternate to give one or the other a break. The egg starts at one end of the fallopian tube and ends up at the uterus or womb at the other. The egg does not swim or have any flippers, arms, or legs, and so it is carried along by what we call passive transport. It is simply a bystander going for a ride; much like a ride in a water tube of a water park.
The reason this takes place is because of a very exact function of the different muscles that make up the walls of the fallopian tubes. The muscles literally squeeze the egg step by step, from one end of tube to the other. The purpose of this function is to meet the sperm at the other end so that fertilization can take place and a baby starts to be developed. In other words, the egg starts at one end of the fallopian tube and the muscles of the tube gently squeeze it from one end to the other. This process is called peristalsis and is very similar to swallowing while you eat; the muscles in your esophagus, the tube which you swallow food through, literally guide what you have just swallowed, all the way down into your stomach. The same goes with the fallopian tube.
Let’s look at this in the light of a couple not being able to achieve pregnancy:
In most couples that are labeled “infertile” it seems that the egg is not able to make it through the fallopian tube to meet the sperm. Unless that union is allowed to take place, there is no pregnancy, hence no baby. Not a good thing.
Let’s look at this even closer for a moment:
As I mentioned, the function of the muscles of the fallopian tubes is to propel the egg from one end to the other, in order to meet the sperm. In cases of infertility, however, this does not take place.
Why would the muscles that are designed and programmed to perform that very special function every month, decide suddenly that they simply won’t do it?
Well, the answer is quite simple - it is not their decision. The muscles of your body do not decide, on their own, what to do. They are literally ordered or not ordered to do their job by the nervous system. In cases of infertility, I have found that the muscles are simply not able to take the egg from one end of the fallopian tube to the other because the communication from the nervous system to the Fallopian tubes is interrupted. This interruption happens when there is a vertebral subluxation, generally in the lower part of the spine.
Let me explain a Vertebral Subluxation and its effects on the functions of our body.
Running through the spine is the spinal cord, which contains billions of nerves that send vital messages and information from the brain to every part of the body and back again. It is your body’s own information highway, our own world wide web.
As long as none of these messages are interrupted, your body should have optimal function and the best of health. If, however, there is an interference with the exchange of information due to one of the spinal bones being out of place – we call this a vertebral subluxation. The misaligned bone will squeeze on the nerves that should be sending messages. The messages sent by the brain never reach the intended body part, and if they do, the instructions are muddled. As a result, the body begins to malfunction, much like your car would if the gas line leaked or your computer if its circuits corroded.
By correcting the subluxation, and allowing the nervous system to control the function of those Fallopian tubes correctly, couples often achieve pregnancy.
So, if you have been having difficulties in this area, Please call us. We can help.
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Yours In Health,
Dr. Jim Schaffer, of Kimberton Chiropractic, Phoenixville, can be reached at 484-921-4936. Or www.kimbertonchiropractic.com. Check us out on Facebook and share your experience on this topic. I’d love to chat with you.