This week, April 19-25, is National Infertility Awareness Week. NIAW, as it's known, began in 1989 to bring awareness to infertility as a disease, encouraging the public to understand more about their own reproductive health. Since 2010, Department of Health and Human Services has recognized it nationally as a federal health observance. There are a variety of programs and events held all over the country by NIAW each year to raise awareness, and you can learn more about them on the NIAW website here. The theme of NIAW this year is "You Are Not Alone." Given that 1 in 8 women is infertile, NIAW is encouraging the community to find support groups, reach out to one another, and remember to avoid feelings of isolation. If you or a loved one is looking to treat infertility, visceral manipulation, or VM, is a treatment we offer at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy that has been shown to effectively treat infertility in certain cases. VM was developed by French osteopath and physical therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. It involves a series of specific and sophisticated techniques of manual therapy, all intended to "restore normal visceral (organ) movement and function and helps to integrate the function or movement of the body as a whole." Sometimes the body's organs fall out of alignment, just as joints sometimes do, resulting in internal irritation, inflammation, and dysfunction. Given that VM is perfect for healing these kinds of internal damages, it can be a factor in treating infertility. VM can also be effective in healing fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, acid reflux, scar tissue, and many different kinds of pelvic pain. Learn more about VM on our website here, and schedule your appointment today.