Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic and Infer­til­ity

A study pub­lished in the May 2003 issue of the peer-​reviewed Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research, showed a strong link between the res­o­lu­tion of infer­til­ity and the ini­ti­a­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic care. The study con­sisted of a ret­ro­spec­tive review of 14 sep­a­rate arti­cles of 15 women suf­fer­ing with infer­til­ity. In each of these cases chi­ro­prac­tic care was intro­duced and the results were doc­u­mented and published.

The stud­ies fol­lowed 15 female sub­jects rang­ing in age from 22 to 65. The prior preg­nancy his­tory of these women revealed 11 of them had never got­ten preg­nant. Two of the women had prior suc­cess­ful unas­sisted preg­nan­cies. One woman had an assisted preg­nancy, while 1 had a his­tory of a mis­car­riage. In this group 9 women had pre­vi­ous treat­ment for infer­til­ity before start­ing chi­ro­prac­tic and 4 were actu­ally under­go­ing infer­til­ity treat­ment when they started chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The study noted the huge expense of infer­til­ity treat­ment options cur­rently used by many cou­ples not­ing the range of expenses can eas­ily go into the thou­sands. The arti­cle also noted that in vitro fer­til­iza­tion has shown evi­dence of long term risks. A study pub­lished in Novem­ber 2002 in the online ver­sion of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Human Genet­ics reported that “babies con­ceived by in vitro fer­til­iza­tion may be at increased risk for a rare genetic dis­or­der that pre­dis­poses them to cancer”.

The chi­ro­prac­tic care ren­dered to the women listed in this study was from a vari­ety of chi­ro­prac­tors using a vari­ety of tech­niques. The focus of the care in these cases was cor­rec­tion of ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions. The research arti­cle defined Sub­lux­a­tion by using the agreed def­i­n­i­tion of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Chi­ro­prac­tic Col­leges. Sub­lux­a­tion, as defined by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Chi­ro­prac­tic Col­leges, is a “com­plex of func­tional and /​or struc­tural and /​or patho­log­i­cal artic­u­lar changes that com­pro­mise neural integrity and may influ­ence organ sys­tem func­tion and gen­eral health”. The study noted that all of the women in these stud­ies, who were strug­gling with infer­til­ity, had evi­dence of nerve sys­tem inter­fer­ence, as detected by the pres­ence of subluxations.

The results of these indi­vid­ual case stud­ies showed that even though many of these women had tried unsuc­cess­fully for some time to become preg­nant, all of the women in this study even­tu­ally became preg­nant some­where between 2 months and 20 months of the onset of chi­ro­prac­tic care. One of the case stud­ies was summed up by the author, Eliz­a­beth Anderson-​Peacock, DC, DICCP, “Although chi­ro­prac­tic care is not a treat­ment for infer­til­ity, it is pos­tu­lated that improve­ment of spinal neural integrity through spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments may have con­tributed to improved home­osta­sis and phys­i­o­log­i­cal adap­ta­tion thus allow­ing the body to express a greater level of health as an outcome.”

Ran­dom Article

Sev­eral news sto­ries appeared in the gen­eral press cit­ing cases of migraine suf­fer­ers being helped by chi­ro­prac­tic care. One such story appeared on

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