Chiropractic and Fertility – by Macomb County Chiropractor, Dr. Hudson

Chiropractic and fertility, is there anything that your chiropractor can do to assist you in your quest to have a child?  According to the Center for Disease Control, there is an estimated 6 million infertile women in the United States alone.  Reportedly there are 9 million women who seek fertility assistance.  Is chiropractic one of those natural avenues that you can use to increase and enhance your chances in reproduction?

A series of research papers published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research suggests that chiropractic adjustments, performed by chiropractors to address nerve interference caused by spinal distortions, could offer hope to many of these women.

The 12 studies in the series found that chiropractic had positive results regardless of the woman’s age, number of years infertile, previous medical intervention or health history including miscarriages, blocked fallopian tubes, amenorrhea, colitis, or trauma.

The first in the series, “Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research,” reviewed 14 retrospective articles on the possible effect of spinal problems on fertility. All of the women in these studies were found to have vertebral subluxations – misalignments and/or related problems of the spine that interfere with how the nerves work. These problems in the spine can be corrected by chiropractors with adjustments to the affected area of the spine.

The stress histories of these infertile women included – but were not limited to – previous motor vehicle accidents, childhood falls, blocked fallopian tubes, scoliosis, and work stress that affected both mind and body. All of the women became pregnant after their subluxations were detected and corrected.

Among the cases cited in the first JVSR study was that of a 32-year-old infertile woman who had not menstruated for 12 years. The woman had undergone many medical infertility treatments, but still could not conceive. After two months of chiropractic care, with attention on adjustments in the lumbar region, her menses started and after regular cycles for four months, she became pregnant.

In explaining how chiropractic adjustments could affect fertility, Madeline Behrendt, D.C., associate editor of JVSR and lead researcher of this project said, “Essential to all processes of life is the nervous system, which perceives the environment and coordinates the cellular community’s biological response to the impinging environmental stimuli. It is reasonable to consider that a system that is properly functioning to its potential may resist destructive forces more successfully and with less damage.”

Dr. Behrendt indicated that, even though not conclusive, the results of this study should raise awareness of how the central and peripheral nervous system combined with structural inconsistencies can affect women experiencing infertility.

References:
JVSR – http//www.jvsr.com

Chiropractic and Fertility – by Macomb County Chiropractor, Dr. Hudson

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