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The frequency of positive common spinal clinical examination findings in a sample of premenstrual syndrome sufferers. Walsh MJ, Polus BI, T. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999; 22:216-20.

Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are more likely to have spinal dysfunction, compared with PMS-free women,. Investigators examined 54 women with PMS and 30 women without PMS. All subjects were evaluated for 12 parameters of spinal dysfunction. PMS sufferers averaged 5.4 positive indexes. In contrast, control participants averaged 3.0 positive indexes. This dichotomy was statistically significant for back tenderness, low back orthopedic testing, low back muscle weakness, and the neck disability index.

The report concluded that, “A relatively high incidence of spinal dysfunction exists in PMS sufferers compared with a comparable group of non-PMS sufferers. This is suggestive that spinal dysfunction could be a causative factor in PMS and that chiropractic manipulative therapy may offer an alternative therapeutic approach for PMS sufferers.”

Chiropractic approach to premenstrual syndrome. Wittler NA. Chiropractic: TheJournal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1992; (8): 22-29.

Eleven women with histories of PMS symptoms that had occurred regularly for more than 4 months were given chiropractic spinal adjustments. The care continued for four menstrual cycles and consisted of 5-7 spinal adjustments per month. The subjects were given questionnaires at the beginning and end of the care. They evaluated changes in irritability and mood swings, tension, ineffectiveness, lack of motor coordination, mental/ cognitive functioning, eating habits, variations in sexual drive and activity, overall physical symptoms, and social impairment. The subjects reported improvement in all ten categories with the greatest improvement of symptoms relating to variations in sexual drive (70.7%), social impairment (64.5%), and mood swings (60.8%). The average improvement in all symptom categories was 44.2%.

Premenstrual syndrome: a clinical update for the chiropractor. Walsh MJ. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. June 1993; 23(2): 48-53. “A wholistic chiropractic management regime offers the possibility of a safe, effective method of reducing many of the symptoms of PMS.”

The management of symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. StudeDe. JMPT, 1991; 14:209-216. Management of a single case of PMS revealed alleviation of low back pain, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness and cardiac palpitations. “Patient did report pursuing other medical treatment alternatives in the past, without subjective improvement.”

Vertebral subluxation and premenstrual tension syndrome: a case study. Hubbs EC. Research Forum, 1986; Summer: 100 -102.

A case of a 28 year-old female with a chronic history of low back pain and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome consisting of intermittent cramping for 24 hours prior and during early menstrual flow, depression, bloating, agitation, and nervous eating. Spinal adjustments to L1. Premenstrual cramping went from 24 hours to 30 minutes, plus lumbar pain ceased.

The frequency of positive common spinal clinical examination findings in a sample of premenstrual syndrome sufferers. Walsh, M, Polus B. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Vol. 22, number 4. May 1999.

This was a study of 54 subjects with diagnosed premenstrual syndrome (PMS) who were compared with non-PMS controls carried out at RMIT teaching clinics in Australia. The PMS group showed a higher incidence of spinal dysfunction as compared to the control group. The PMS group had more cervical, thoracic and low back tenderness, Neck Disabil-ity Index, low back testing weakness and low back orthopaedic testing. References from Koren Publicationsʼ brochure: Menstrual Problems and Chiropractic Pokras, R., Hufnagel, V. Hysterectomies in the United States,

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U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, Hyattsville, MD, 1987.

“The Doctorʼs People,” A Medical Newsletter for Consumers.October, 1989.

“The Doctorʼs People,” A Medical Newsletter for Consumers.April, 1990

“The Peopleʼs Doctor,” A Medical Newsletter for Consumers by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. Vol. 5 No. 12.

Radler, M. Dysmenorrhea. The American Chiropractor March/April 1984.

Novotny, T. Functional Disturbances of the Vertebral Column in Gynecological Practice.Manuelle Medizin, Vol2, 1973.

Hubbs, E.C. Dysmenorrhea subluxation and premenstrual tension syndrome; a case study.Res. Forum 1986; 2:100-102.

Liebl, N., and ButlerL.A Chiropractic Approach to the Treatment of Dysmenorrhea. Journal of Manipulative andPhysiological Therapeutics. February 1990. pp.101-106.