Resolution of Infertility Following Chiropractic Care

What Causes Infertility? Does Chiropractic Help Fertility?

A case study and review of literature on the results of chiropractic care on patients with infertility was published on January 19, 2017, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health. The study defines this condition by stating, “Infertility is a reproductive issue defined as the inability to accomplish a pregnancy within one year or more of regular sexual intercourse without the use of contraceptives.”

Resolution of Infertility Following Chiropractic Care - Pregnancy Chiropractor Austin Texas Fertility Sciatic Sciatica Pain in ButtAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the number of married women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are suffering with infertility is 1 million, or 6.1% of that age population. In that age group, 6.9 million, about 11.3%, have used fertility services.

The study reports that infertility can also have psychological effects on the woman affected by this and can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and guilt, as well as self-loathing. Medical treatment for infertility can vary but usually carries a price tag in the thousands of dollars.

In this case, a 24-year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care with a chief complaint of back pain. Her history also showed that she was under medical care for infertility for the past three and a half years. Additionally, it was reported that all of her menstrual cycles had to be progesterone induced and would occur infrequently every 3-5 months on average.

A chiropractic examination was performed that showed postural irregularities, tender areas along her spine, and muscle spasms. Motion muscle tests, reflexes and sensation were all within normal limits with only one orthopedic test showing a positive finding. X-rays revealed a reversal of the normal neck curve as well as malpositioning of several vertebrae in the lower back.

Based on the determination of the presence of subluxations, care was started on the woman in the form of specific chiropractic adjustments. By the third visit, the woman reported that she started menstruating. However, her cycle was not of normal duration or flow. By the ninth visit, she reported that she had finished her first normal menstrual cycle. On her tenth chiropractic visit, she stated that she had began ovulating. Two visits later, she reported that she had become pregnant. The woman went on to have a successful vaginal birth. She continued to receive chiropractic care and, as of the writing of this study, she was pregnant with her second child.

In their conclusion, the study authors explained how the woman was able to overcome infertility and conceive by saying, “Chiropractic care has the ability to restore biomechanical function and neurological integrity by working with the nervous system through the reduction of subluxations. This restoration of the nervous system can improve the function of the body in many aspects, including whole organ systems. The altered function of a female reproductive system has the potential to be improved through the enhancement of neurological function due to the effects of reducing subluxations.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. Austin chiropractor located in north central Austin, TX.

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Bedwetting Helped with Chiropractic: A Case Study

Can Chiropractic Help With Bedwetting? What Is Nocturnal Enuresis?

The August 28, 2014, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting chiropractic helping a young boy who was suffering from long-term bedwetting. The study begins by pointing out that all infants begin life without the ability to control their bladder. As children grow, they first gain the ability to control their bladder during the day, and then some time afterward, during the night.

Nocturnal enuresis (NE), more commonly known as “bedwetting”, is defined in the study as “…the recurrent involuntary passage of urine during sleep by a child aged five years or older who has never achieved consistent night-time dryness.”  adolescent bedwetting chiropractor austin txThe authors note that bedwetting also can create self-esteem issues, and can lead to emotional abuse by siblings and parents. Treatment has typically been behavioral therapy, alarm therapy, and pharmacologic therapy. Most of these therapies take quite a long time and are mostly ineffective.

In this case, a ten-year-old boy who was suffering from long-term bedwetting was brought to the chiropractor. He was having the problem regularly and had never gone for more than two or three weeks without an episode. Prior care included behavioral modification and alarm therapy, which was not successful. The problem created considerable embarrassment for the young boy, and he was reluctant to sleep at friends’ houses as he was afraid he might wet the bed.

The study reports that a physical examination was performed which included a postural examination, neurological screening, muscle strength and reflex tests, sensory testing, cranial nerve testing, and a chiropractic examination for vertebral subluxations. From the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present in the boy’s spine at the upper neck and at the base bone.

Specific chiropractic adjustments were delivered for correction of the subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments were given on a weekly basis and no other form of care was used. By the fourth week of care, the boy’s mother reported that her son had only wet the bed once since the care began.  On several other occasions, her son woke up “just in time” to make it to the bathroom.

By the eighth week of chiropractic care, no other episodes of bedwetting had occurred. As a result, the boy felt confident enough to stay overnight at friends’ homes. His mother also noted a positive change in his attitude and self esteem. The boy continued to receive chiropractic care on a wellness basis and did not have any bedwetting issues over the next two years.

In the study conclusion, the authors wrote, “This case study adds to the growing body of literature that supports a link between chiropractic care and improvements in NE (nocturnal enuresis).”

To see if chiropractic care can help with your child’s nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.