On January 11, 2021, the journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study documenting the resolution of dysmenorrhea, shoulder pain and low back pain in a woman under chiropractic care. The authors of this study note that “Dysmenorrhea is divided into two types, primary and secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea is diagnosed when no obvious organic cause can be found. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by underlying pelvic disorders.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists describes dysmenorrhea by stating “Pain associated with menstruation is called dysmenorrhea. More than half of women who menstruate have some pain for 1 to 2 days each month. Usually, the pain is mild. But for some women, the pain is so severe that it keeps them from doing their normal activities for several days a month.”
In this case, a 37-year-old woman who was suffering from dysmenorrhea went to a chiropractor to seek help for her problem. The woman was also experiencing shoulder and low back pain, although she considered these less of an issue as the pain was not severe. The woman had no history of surgeries, car accidents or previous medical care for any of the issues for which she was seeking chiropractic. She did previously have a left ankle fracture and a right ankle sprain.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included spinal palpation, surface electromyography (SEMG), and para-spinal thermal scans. Based on the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present and specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started on a regular schedule of care.
The study notes that at the woman’s first reassessment, she reported better sleep, and a reduction in low back and shoulder pain. At her second reassessment, the woman reported that she was no longer experiencing debilitating menstrual cramps. Because of her improvement, the woman no longer had to take days off work due to her cramps. She also stated that her cycle had also reduced from five days down to just three days each month.
In the conclusion of the study, the authors explained the results by saying, “Subluxation-based chiropractic care does not simply treat symptoms but focuses on the function of the body as a whole. The reduction of interference within the nervous system allows for a better quality of life.”