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Chiropractic Adjustments Help Menstrual Pain In Case Series

In the March 2008 issue of the the scientific periodical, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), is a case series revealing particular chiropractic methods assisting women struggling with monthly menstrual pains.

The study was done on 13 women having an average age of 26 years, with the youngest being 20 and the oldest 45. The ladies included in this study all noted that they had the signs of primary dysmenorrhea throughout all of their menstrual cycles throughout the previous year. Every one of the women experienced low back pain, lower abdominal pain, and general abdominal pain each menstrual cycle.

The time period of the study covered 2 menstrual cycles for the women to ensure the results of care could be considered for two consecutive cycles. Previous to treatment, all women were asked to rate their discomfort in order that a baseline could be established. All women were requested to initially rate their pain from 0 to 10, with zero being pain free and ten being the "most severe pain you could possibly imagine".

The outcomes of this study revealed a substantial improvement for most all of the women in each of their two subsequent cycles after chiropractic adjustments. The results for the women revealed that their lower abdominal pain decreased from an average rating of 8.3 before care, down to a rating of 5.0 and 3.6 for the subsequent two cycles. Furthermore, their general abdominal pain lowered from an average of 7.0 before care to 3.2 and 2.1, and their lower back pain decreased from an average of 6.0 down to 3.2 and 2.7 for subsequent cycles. Besides the primary symptoms, the women in the study also mentioned improvements in secondary symptoms which included headaches, fatigue, diarrhea and constipation.

The study concluded that menstrual pain related to primary dysmenorrhea may be reduced with the specific chiropractic care rendered in this study.

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