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Resolution of Secondary Amenorrhea Following Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations:  A Case Report

Lori Goodsell, D.C. Bio & Ian Shtulman, D.C. Bio  


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 59-65 




Objective:  To describe the results of chiropractic care on a female with secondary amenorrhea.


Clinical Features:  A 21-year-old female presented to a chiropractic office with a 5 year history of back pain and amenorrhea following sacral trauma.  Physical exam revealed indicators of vertebral subluxation including motion and static palpation abnormalities, postural alterations, as well as paraspinal thermography and surface electromyography asymmetries.


Intervention and Outcomes:  Vertebral subluxations were found at C1, T1, T11, and L4.  Adjustments were delivered using specific, high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, using Motion Palpation technique.  Twelve weeks into care the patient reported having her first normal menstrual cycle in 5 years.  At 16 weeks of care she reported having normal, regular menstrual cycles for the first time in her life.


Conclusions:  Chiropractic care may play a beneficial role in reproductive health.  More research is warranted to further explore the possible physiological implications of vertebral subluxation.


Key Words:  Amenorrhea, chiropractic, dysafferentation, infertility, subluxation

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