What is Chiropractic Care

Over the last decade, chiropractic care has turned into the largest, most regulated and best recognized health profession outside of mainstream medicine. A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, focusing on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine.

Your body is an incredible machine, accomplishing numerous tasks all at once. These tasks are accomplished under the direction of the nervous system.  View your nervous system as the control board for your body’s communication system. If just one of your spines vertebrae becomes misaligned due to trauma, chemical or emotional stressors, it can interfere with this communication system which provides information to your body, and in this particular case, your reproductive organs.

Related reading: Preparing your body for Pregnancy

Addressing Infertility

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to conceive after one year of regular unprotected intercourse. In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits.  Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal. If just one of your vertebrae becomes misaligned, it can interfere with the nerve impulses that travel through these nerves which provide information to your body, and in this case, your reproductive organs.

“Chiropractic is a very safe and effective approach for helping couples to conceive.”
-Jennifer Barham-Floreani, DC, BSc (Clin), BSc (Chiro)

The American Pregnancy Association agrees, “chiropractic care is a safe and natural approach to enhancing the body’s ability to function properly…and there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.”

While there are yet to be large studies documenting the effectiveness of chiropractic care for solving fertility issues, there are a large number of small studies that do just that.  A May 2003 study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research A Review of Complementary and Alternative Care for Infertility Issues Volume 11, No. 2, December 2010 Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 807 demonstrated positive fertility outcomes for women suffering from infertility. These 15 women, suffering from long term unexplained infertility, successfully conceived (without the use of medications) after rounds of chiropractic care.

Choosing a Chiropractor

All Chiropractors are trained and qualified to work with women looking to achieve balance and improve their odds conceiving, however there are some professionals who specialize in fertility and pregnancy. If you can, find a chiropractor with one of the following designations showing specialized training in fertility and pregnancy, or ask before scheduling an appointment.

  • DACCP – Diplomate with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training
  • CACCP – Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training
  • Member of ICPA- reflecting special interest
  • Webster Certified – trained to specifically work with breech positions

Chiropractic care is still considered an alternative medicine, and therefore isn’t always covered by medical plans. Be sure to look into your plan and see if you can expense your visits. In the long run, it is much less costly than other fertility interventions.

See Also: Eating Fat is Good for Fertility

Sources
http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/what-a-chiropractor
http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/infertility-and-chiropractic-care/
– Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics,Volume 11 • No. 2 • December 2010 http://jccponline.com/jccp_v11_n2.pdf
http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/infertility.html

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