Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on an infertile woman with migraines and neck pain reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.
Research is revealing that minor disturbances to spinal alignment and function may be a factor in several disorders. These disturbances lead to nerve interference and can result in a host of disorders such as infertility and other related reproductive disorders. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal other studies that have shown a similar connection.
“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study, “If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the misalignments and abnormal motion associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve interference and people improve.”
According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function.
The 31-year-old woman in this study had been diagnosed with infertility. She also had a history of migraines and neck pain. She and her husband had been trying to get pregnant with no success for over a year.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck and low back. Range of motion, x-rays, and other testing confirmed the findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic adjustments, she was able to get pregnant and delivered a healthy baby.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
To learn more about this study and chiropractic research visit, Vertebral Subluxation Research.