Objective: This case study reports on an infertile female patient who successfully conceived following the introduction of chiropractic care. The related literature is also reviewed and summarized.
Clinical Features: A 24-year-old patient presented for chiropractic care with a chief complaint of back pain and a 3.5-year history of infertility with infrequent progesterone induced menstrual cycles. Physical examination findings included postural abnormalities, paraspinal muscular tenderness, myospasm and vertebral subluxations.
Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was managed for vertebral subluxations through specific chiropractic care with the use of Diversified and Webster techniques. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and therapeutic exercises were also applied during the course of care. The patient noted that on the ninth visit that she had her first normal menstrual cycle since the start of chiropractic care and that by the twelfth visit she was pregnant.
Conclusion: The patient in this case had a 3.5-year history of infertility. After twelve chiropractic adjustments the patient conceived. Chiropractic care may play a key role in women’s reproductive health. More research on this topic is warranted.
Author keywords: Chiropractic, infertility, subluxation, adjustment, manipulation, Diversified Technique, Webster Technique
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