New Research Sheds Light on Painful Menstrual Cramps

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New Research Sheds Light on Painful Menstrual Cramps

Research Reveals Chiropractic May Alleviate Suffering

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a woman with painful menstrual cramps reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients.  The literature review included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.

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“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system, reproductive system, and endocrine system” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. McCoy added “In the case report presented, the woman was suffering from painful menstrual cramps that resolved under chiropractic care because of the nature of the nervous system and its relationship to the spine and internal organs.  Research indicates that minor shifts in the structure of the spine may impact function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders.” 

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function. 

The 37-year-old woman reported on in this study had been experiencing dysmenorrhea and difficulty sleeping. The pain and cramping was so debilitating she would have to take days off from work during her menstrual cycle. She also suffered from shoulder and low back pain. 

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, mid back, low back, and sacrum.  Range of motion, thermal scans, and muscle scans confirmed these findings and their effect on her nervous system.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care she experienced better sleep and her menstrual cramps were no longer debilitating.  Her cycle also shortened from five days to three.  Her shoulder and low back pain also improved. 

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press