Infertility and chiropractic: a review of the literature
Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP)
OBJECTIVE: Infertility impacts six million women between the ages of 15 and 54 and is becoming an increasing concern for our society. This paper examines ten papers published in the literature related to infertility issues to assess the role of chiropractic adjustments in facilitating successful pregnancies.
CLINICAL FEATURES: This review includes case studies of eleven female patients, ranging in age from 22 to 42, with a mean ago of 32. Their pregnancy histories included: one natural childbirth, two miscarriages, two failed in-vitro fertilizations, and three failed artificial inseminations. After receiving chiropractic care, there were eleven successful pregnancies. Chief concerns that these women presented to the chiropractic offices included: low back pain (one), infertility (eight), dysmenorrhea (two), ulcerative colitis (two), ankle pain (one), and neck pain (one).
CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND OUTCOMES: Chiropractic adjustment techniques used to correct vertebral subluxation included: Torque Release Technique™ (four), Sacro Occipital Technique (two), diversified (one), Directional Non-Force Technique (one), and Network Spinal Analysis (one). The women became pregnant between a period of one to 20 months after receiving chiropractic care.
CONCLUSION: Chiropractic care may facilitate neurologic changes that result in improved function and physiology of the reproductive system and result in successful pregnancies and births.