Chiropractic Care for Women

November 20, 2015 by Dr. Ihsan O. Erhuy

How Can a Chiropractor Help Women?

The condition of the spine is an underlying factor in female reproductive issues. Female problems with associated back pain (e.g. endometriosis, PMS, infertility) may be reduced or eliminated with chiropractic care when the use of OTCs and prescription drugs is not allowed. Pregnant women suffer lower back pain due to stress on the pelvis and abdomen, and spinal misalignment often occurs. Since the spine houses reproductive nerves, spinal abnormalities like scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and vertebral subluxation (misplaced vertebrae) may irritate or block passages, causing extreme pain in pregnant women.

Common Conditions Requiring Chiropractic Care

  • Pregnancy – The abdomen enlarges and the lower back carries more weight during pregnancy. The pelvic bones and joints widen to prepare for birth, and a pregnant woman’s posture changes. Vertebrae often misalign or malfunction, and chiropractic care is often recommended to alleviate the discomfort experienced.
  • Infertility – Research has shown a possible link between vertebral subluxations and infertility. The blocked nerve supply to reproductive organs is one of the main factors in organ malfunction, but chiropractic subluxation treatments can reduce nerve pressure due to spinal distortions.
  • Dysmenorrhea – The pain and discomfort during PMS and afterwards is either classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is a severe and disabling pain accompanied by backaches, leg pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and dizziness. There is no underlying illness associated with the condition. Secondary dysmenorrhea has the same pain and symptoms as primary dysmenorrhea, but additional symptoms associated with another condition like uterine fibroids, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), or endometriosis also exist. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) relieve the pain, but their side effects create additional discomfort in patients. Spinal realignment techniques for the neck and back are used in chiropractic sessions to treat dysmenorrhea.
  • Endometriosis – A chronic condition where the tissue that grows on the inside of the uterus grows on the outside instead, creating intense pelvic pain. Possible infertility and reproductive malfunctioning are the results. The most common treatments include prescribed medications. but the mounting concerns about side effects have convinced patients to seek non-drug alternatives. Chiropractors use lower back treatments and breathing exercises to help patients with reducing lower back and muscle pain.

Using Chiropractic Treatments As Non-Drug Options

Depending on the condition, chiropractic treatments will vary based on the parts of the body affected, pain severity and duration, and the presence of coexisting medical conditions. Manipulation of the spine is used to restore joint mobility, muscular function, and nerve stabilization, especially in pregnant and menstruating women. A full medical exam and medical history are conducted on each patient to determine which type of treatment plan is best, coupled with nutritional counseling and exercise regimen.

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