Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Adjust­ments Help Dys­men­or­rhea (Men­strual Pain) In Case Series

In the March 2008, issue of the the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT), is a case series doc­u­ment­ing spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic tech­niques help­ing women suf­fer­ing from monthly men­strual pains. This study looked at the effect of spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments on women who suf­fered with monthly men­strual pains from dysmenorrhea.

The study was con­ducted on 13 women with an aver­age age of 26 years, with the youngest being 20 and the old­est 45. The women included in this study all reported that they had symp­toms of pri­mary dys­men­or­rhea dur­ing all of their men­strual cycles dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year. All of the women suf­fered from low back pain, lower abdom­i­nal pain, and gen­eral abdom­i­nal pain each men­strual cycle.

The time period of the study cov­ered 2 men­strual cycles for the women so the effects of care could be looked at for two con­sec­u­tive cycles. Prior to care, all women were asked to rate their pains so that a base­line could be estab­lished. All sub­jects were asked to ini­tially rate their pain from 0 to 10 with zero being no pain and ten being the “worst pain you could pos­si­bly imagine”.

The results of this study showed a con­sid­er­able improve­ment for most all of the sub­jects in each of their two sub­se­quent cycles after chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments. The results for the women showed that their lower abdom­i­nal pain decreased from an aver­age rat­ing of 8.3 before care, down to a rat­ing of 5.0 and 3.6 for the sub­se­quent two cycles. Like­wise, their gen­eral abdom­i­nal pain decreased from an aver­age of 7.0 before care to 3.2 and 2.1, and their lower back pain decreased from an aver­age of 6.0 down to 3.2 and 2.7 for sub­se­quent cycles. In addi­tion to the pri­mary symp­toms, the women in the study also noted improve­ments in sec­ondary symp­toms which included headaches, fatigue, diar­rhea and constipation.

The researchers con­cluded that men­strual pain asso­ci­ated with pri­mary dys­men­or­rhea may be alle­vi­ated with the spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic care ren­dered in this study.

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