Introduction: Fluctuating hormone levels in women at the time of menopause is a common and potentially disabling problem that is frequently confronted in chiropractic clinical practice. Although this problem is well recognized, it is often misdiagnosed and poorly treated.
Methods: Correlations between a chiropractic physical examination procedure and salivary hormone tests for 10 women experiencing peri-menopausal and post-menopausal discomforts are reported here. Chiropractic treatment for disturbances associated with menopause in these patients was evaluated with the Menopause Rating Scale, a validated outcome measure used in the treatment of menopause.
Results: As part of this approach we have observed that a significant subset of patients with peri- and post-menopausal disorders and abnormal hormone levels demonstrate distinct neuromuscular impairments that can be detected using the manual muscle test (MMT) employed in applied kinesiology (AK).
Discussion: The MMT findings revealed strong correlations with the salivary hormone tests. Treatment based upon these finding led to substantial improvements of the menopausal symptoms reported.
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