Research reveals possible link between infertility and undetected spinal problems

By Madeline Behrendt, D.C.

Psst… the secret is out. Have you seen it?

“IT” is The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation website (, which has begun publication of a series of case studies and commentaries documenting positive responses to chiropractic care among infertile women, regardless of factors including age, history and previous intervention. The first in the series, “Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research,” is a literature review of 14 retrospective articles exploring the possible affect of spinal problems on fertility. The balance of the series will be published over the course of the summer.

Yes the secret is out. This series exhibits the commitment by 12 practicing family chiropractors to documenting what occurs commonly in chiropractic practices as subluxations are cleared. At the 2003 WCA Summit, I asked the audience to raise their hands if a subluxated infertile woman in their practice became pregnant while under care, of course the result was a sea of hands. But how many people know this? In my community I asked 50 women if they knew where in the spine the nerves to their reproductive system were located – none of them had EVER been told this basic information, but these women wanted so much to find out, they understood it could impact their health. Research can close the gap between who is already receiving the benefits of chiropractic care, and those who need to but have no idea of it’s benefits. Research is a tool for educating both the public and the local media.

These articles are fascinating – they represent 8 different techniques, different cultures, they highlight different aspects – each stands alone and they all stand together to make a powerful statement. They are also very readable and easy to utilize and hand out.

I encourage all chiropractors to visit the website to read and use these articles to benefit their community. Abstracts are available to everyone, full articles to members (membership can be signed up online, fee is $100 per year).

Don’t let what we do, don’t let what you do, be a secret anymore… Let this research support your mission in creating a subluxation-free world. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions/comments, etc. ([email protected]). @ 7:21 am | Article ID: 1055254890