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Making Adjustments
Infertility and the Chiropractic LinkBy Kelly Burgess

Recently, infertility specialists have been focusing on factors outside of the reproductive system in order to solve the puzzle of infertility. More and more centers for infertility are partnering with acupuncturists, yoga centers and other stress reduction or lifestyle maximization programs. This may be why a study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to subluxation-based chiropractic research, is getting a lot of press – most of it very positive.
It's too soon to call this an infertility breakthrough, but it's certainly intriguing. The study, which was published in three parts, detailed a number of cases where infertile women undergoing chiropractic care became pregnant. While some of these women went to the chiropractor with a view toward helping their fertility, others went merely to have their spines adjusted but then became pregnant while under chiropractic care.
Miracle or Coincidence?
About 13 years ago, my best friend underwent infertility treatments. Ultimately, she became pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF). She and her husband wanted to have more children but knew they couldn't afford the high price of infertility treatments again. It looked as if they would have to stop at one.
About 18 months after the baby was born, her mom talked her into seeing a chiropractor for some ongoing problems with her back. Two months later, shortly after she returned from a long weekend away with her husband, she was startled to discover she was pregnant.
After hearing about this study, I called my friend and asked if she thought chiropractic had anything to do with her successful second pregnancy. Amazed, she told me that she'd always thought it was just that they'd had a relaxing vacation, but she said the chiropractic may have definitely played a part.
When I told Dr. Madeline Behrendt my friend's story, she laughed delightedly, glad to have these theories bolstered once again. Dr. Behrendt is the author of the infertility series, an associate editor of JVSR and the chair of the council on women's health for the World Chiropractic Alliance. Dr. Behrendt says that it's anecdotal evidence like my friend's that prompted the study in the first place.
"This is occurring in practices all over the country, but definitive research includes very specific guidelines, and I wanted to operate and present under those guidelines," she says. "The purpose of the study was to start establishing solid evidence for what people in practices have been reporting for a very long time."
Dr. Behrendt makes it clear that chiropractic in and of itself is not a "cure" or a treatment for infertility. However, what chiropractic does is to correct distortions in the parts of the body where the reproductive organs are located. It seems that doing so can sometimes lead to fertility.
The Science Behind the Study
Dr. Frank Painter maintains the Chiropractic and Infertility page for the Chiropractic Resource Organization and operates a practice in LaGrange, Ill. He explains that the roots of the study and the idea behind chiropractic as help for infertility lie in good science.
"Peristaltic motion is a term that describes muscular function controlled by our autonomous nervous system," he says. "If you look at where the uterus is, an egg has to go down a little tube and is propelled via peristaltic motion. If it happens to be fertilized but there is insufficient peristaltic motion, it cannot be delivered to the uterus."
Furthermore, Dr. Painter says, in theory, if this peristaltic motion is so disturbed that it backs up and delivers uterine tissue into the abdominal cavity or onto the ovaries, it can result in endometriosis. He knows of at least five studies where women who were close to being surgical candidates because of endometriosis ultimately found relief in chiropractic care.
Dr. Behrendt says that this should almost be intuitive knowledge, simply because of the relationship to the placement of the spine and the placement of the reproductive organs.
"When people come to chiropractors and list their concerns or health histories, we give them fair warning that people under chiropractic care have seen changes in fertility," Dr. Behrendt says. "The nerves to the reproductive system run through the spine, and if there's a distortion, it can affect fertility."
Transcending Technique
Although the study is small, its subjects come from a wide range of socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. There is also a significant age range, from 22 to 65. The 65-year-old did not get pregnant, but after a lifetime with no menstrual periods, she began menstruating four weeks after beginning chiropractic adjustments.
"The design of the study was very important to me," Dr. Behrendt says. "I wanted all different ages, circumstances and techniques, so I invited many people to participate. The result was that it wasn't one specific type of woman, doctor, age group, technique or symptom. Some women had never had a menstrual cycle, one had colitis and another blocked fallopian tubes. The only commonality was changes in neurological function."
Both Dr. Painter and Dr. Behrendt stress that the outcomes of this study transcend chiropractic techniques. Within the case studies, there were a number of chiropractic techniques practiced. Like in any profession, chiropractic practitioners tend to become very attached to their own techniques. Regardless of the technique, the basic result is the same. And that's important, because Dr. Painter doesn't want to see a "technique war" over this latest study.
"We really want to draw away from the techniques used to achieve this result and focus on the result itself," he says. "There's nothing to support one approach over another."
While not conclusive, the results of this study are compelling, and it's an approach that certainly can't do any harm. Chiropractic is also often covered by insurance.
Dr. Jeanne Ohm, executive coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), says she and her husband, who have both been in practice for more than 20 years, have seen amazing results that can't always be adequately explained by traditional medical practices.
"This is a heck of a lot less expensive and less traumatic than most fertility treatments," she says. "There's no reason a woman can't try getting her body to work properly before she tries medical intervention."
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About the Author: Kelly Burgess is a senior contributing writer foriParenting Media.
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The epilepsy-autism connection
Epilepsy is a general term that refers to the tendency to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is a temporary disturbance in brain function in which groups of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally and excessively. During a seizure, disturbances of nerve cell activity produce symptoms that vary depending on the location and the amount of the brain affected. Seizures can produce changes in awareness or sensation, involuntary movements, or other changes in behavior. Usually, a seizure lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Nearly a third of ASD children suffer from epilepsy. It has been reported that the risk of epilepsy in autistic children with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities is five percent at one year, 15 percent at five years, and 25 percent at 10 years. Significantly higher numbers occur when cerebral palsy is included as an additional comorbidity. A key fact to note is that epilepsy persists in the majority of patients into adulthood with remission in only 15 percent.

The evidence behind a chiropractic adjustment in treating seizures
First advanced over 20 years ago, the concept of reversing cerebral penumbra may hold the greatest explanation for the changes seen in ASD children under subluxation-based chiropractic care. Within the ischemic cerebrovascular bed, there are two major zones of injury: the core ischemic zone in which necrotic tissue is irreversible; and the borderline ischemic tissue, also known as "ischemic penumbra" (a term generally used to define ischemic, but still viable, reversible cerebral tissue). The penumbral zone is supplied with blood by collateral arteries anastomosing with branches of the occluded vascular tree and it is where pharmacologic interventions are most likely to be effective. According to Agamanolis, "Ischemia, in the penumbra, causes dysfunction due to ionic and metabolic dysfunction but is not severe enough to result in structural damage. Prompt restoration of perfusion in the penumbra by injection of thrombolytic agents may prevent structural damage in this area, thus limiting the neurological deficit."

According to Amalu, hyperafferancy plays a significant role in neuronal hibernation, whereby hyperafferant activation of the central regulating center for sympathetic function can cause differing levels of cerebral ischemia. He postulates that hyperafferant activation via the superior cervical sympathetic ganglia may also cause higher-center ischemia. In light of Kent's Dysafferentation Model of vertebral subluxation, we see the significance of Amalu's theory. The Dysafferentation Model describes those situations in which biomechanical dysfunction result in alteration in normal nociception and/or mechanoreception. This is clearly evident as the intervertebral motion segment is especially endowed by nociceptive and mechanoreceptive structures. As Kent describes, "To use the contemporary jargon of the computer industry, 'garbage in - garbage out.'" Subsequently, abnormal afferent input to the CNS will lead to a plethora of efferent pathologies. Thus, when a chiropractor adjusts your spine and returns it to proper alignment, normal signals are allowed to flow to and from your brain. This can reverse higher-center ischemia and restore the brain-body balance in autistic patients suffering from epilepsy.

If your child suffers from seizures related to autism, consider visiting a subluxation-based chiropractor. According to the evidence provided in peer-reviewed literature, chiropractic care could possibly be a safe, drug-less option.

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Kent C. Models of vertebral subluxation: a review. J Vert Sublux Res 1996; (1:1): 11-17.
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Before looking for a headache remedy, one should understand the origin of the headache. Spinal manipulations have shown to decrease the severity and frequency of headaches, because they usually are due to a misaligned spine. Poor posture or injury can force your vertebrae out of place and pressure the nerves. These nerves can send painful signals to the muscles surrounding the neck and cause a headache. The spinal manipulations straighten your spine and relax the muscles.

There are several types of headaches; including tension, migraine and cervicogenic. Most people experience the tension headache, which includes moderate pain on both sides of the head. It is often described as a pressure that is squeezing your head causing the pain. Migraines are more severe and are usually described as a throbbing pain. Sometimes a migraine can cause nausea, loss of appetite, and in some cases vision difficulties. If you get migraine headaches regularly, keep a record of the foods you eat. You might notice that your headaches are caused by specific foods. The cervicogenic headache is related to the spine and causes most tension type headaches.

Not all headaches are cause by spinal misalignments but you should consult your chiropractor before you begin any treatments. Sometimes caffeine, lack of nutrients, stress, allergies, menstruation, or poor sleep habits can cause headaches. In some cases of reoccurring headaches the location of the pain can clue you into a more severe problem. A headache located above the right eye may indicate a liver problem. Pain at the top of your head could indicate a kidney problem or high blood pressure. If you experience pain at the back of the neck, high stress levels probably cause the headache.

Your chiropractor will conduct physical, orthopedic and neurological tests to reveal the condition of your spine. A palpation test can check for irregularities in the spine that may be the cause of your headaches. Sometimes and x-ray is necessary. Your chiropractor may consult with other medical specialists if the test results dictate further exams.

Chiropractors do not prescribe medications or recommend surgery (rarely a treatment for headaches), but instead have had success relieving the pain associated with headaches. Taking aspirin every day as a headache remedy can lead to increased doses and even more severe headaches in the long run. The medicine taken for today's headache may give you one tomorrow or the days after. Chiropractic has been extremely successful in dealing with cervicogenic headaches. A chiropractor's ability to adjust spinal abnormalities lessens the forces contributing to headache pain. Other manual techniques such as massage and heat therapy can be a useful headache remedy.
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Benefits of Chiropractic Care
One of the reasons for the continued rise and growth of chiropractic care in the medical field is due to the wide array of benefits that can be derived from it. Plus, many recommend this particular treatment method due to the non-invasive approach and its insistence on awakening the body’s natural ability to heal.
Common Chiropractic Benefits
Dysfunction in your muscoskeletal system does not exclude anyone. Therefore, anyone will benefit from the healing ability of chiropractic care to provide relief from any form of discomfort that one undergoes when they have misaligned spine, back, or neck. But for individuals who are required to remain active, the presence of such dysfunction disables them from performing well and limit their motor capacity. This is due to the fact that any form of movement on the traumatized area of the body can result to pain or discomfort.
Regardless of the cause of your initial discomfort, among the benefits you can enjoy are as follows:
• Improved circulation
• Reduction or elimination of lactic acid
• Smoother travel of oxygen and nutrients in the body
• More flexibility
• Elimination of any pain or soreness
• Faster recovery time
• Reduced muscle spasm
• Prevention of future injury
• More relaxed feeling
Combination Treatments
If you want to enhance the benefits of chiropractic care, it is best to combine your efforts with natural techniques. Even chiropractors recommend it in order to help your body adjust to the treatment provided. The relief from any pressure or source of discomfort will allow your body to attain maximum mobility and better performance.
To enhance the results, you must try to develop a routine that incorporates the following physical activities:
• Keep your body properly hydrated.
• Follow a healthy nutritional plan.
• Do some stretching exercises or develop a healthy exercise routine.
Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Several people have misconceptions about chiropractic care. One of them being that it is not a valid form of treatment and is used only for mild cases of back pain, headaches, and the like. However, this form of treatment method offer adjustment benefits even to those suffering from extreme cases of spinal or vertebral misalignment.
But the benefits extend beyond muscoskeletal and different people who suffer from these illnesses experience varying results as well:
• For pregnant women, they are able to deliver much easier.
• For babies, they have improved developmental abilities and prevent the possibility of acquiring scoliosis.
• For kids, it helps prevent asthma, ear infection, bedwetting, among other things.
• For adults, they are able to generate more energy and increase productivity.
• For senior individuals, they attain better balance and prevent injury caused by falling off.
Meanwhile, overall results and benefits reported from patients who’ve undergone chiropractic care includes the following:
• Boost in the functions of the immune and nervous system.
• Patients attain improved vitality.
• Breathing becomes easier.
• Better digestive function.
• Sharper vision.
• Improved overall health.
When Do Results Become Evident?
Following chiropractic treatment, your body will start to realign and relieve yourself from any pressure that is causing pain in your joints. In mild cases, a patient will immediately experience relief soon after undergoing chiropractic care. Hence, this is one of the advantages of opting for chiropractic care over surgical or medical procedures that often require a long recovery period.
In other cases, there might be a slight feeling of soreness or aching that can be felt with chiropractic treatment. The reason for this is that your body has to readjust to the realignment done after being misaligned for a while.
However, it shouldn’t take long either before your body can regain its normal function and mobility.
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