Published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on December 5, 2019, is the documented results of chiropractic care helping a woman who was suffering from lower back pain and a chronic loss of her normal menstrual cycle.
Amenorrhea is the absence of a menstrual cycle. This condition is normal when a woman who is of the age to have a regular cycle is either pregnant or nursing. Women who should be having a regular menstrual cycle but who miss three periods are considered to have amenorrhea. The study notes that between 3-4 percent of women are classified as having amenorrhea.
In this case, a 26-year-old woman presented herself for a chiropractic evaluation. The woman was suffering with right rib and low back pain. These pains began after a lifting accident she sustained at work. The woman was employed as a bartender which required her to perform physical activities that were repetitive in nature. Upon taking a history, the woman revealed that she was suffering with amenorrhea for the past several years.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included a physical examination and both motion and static palpation. From the findings, it was determined that subluxations were present, and the recommendation was made that the woman undergo a series of chiropractic adjustments to correct the subluxations.
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. vertebral subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in the spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
Since the nervous system controls and coordinates all body function, any interference with nerve transmission can result in parts of the body not functioning properly. The effects of subluxation can be varied and widespread as all bodily function is under nervous system control. Chiropractors have long maintained that they do not specifically treat the conditions caused by subluxations, but rather correct the subluxations so the body’s own innate healing abilities can help restore health.
In this case, the woman began a series of adjustments at the rate of three times per week. The study reports that after three weeks of chiropractic care, the woman reported improvement in both her back and rib pain. As a result of correction of subluxations, the woman also reported that she began menstruating normally again.
In their conclusion the authors noted, “This study provided supporting evidence on the possible benefits of chiropractic care in patients with amenorrhea and neuromusculoskeletal pain.”