The September 18, 2017, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study reporting on the improvement of a chiropractic patient who had been suffering with variety of health issues including sexual dysfunction pain. Pain during or after ejaculation is commonly referred to as post-orgasmic pain (PE), and is diagnosed as dysorgasmia, or orgasmalgia.
Post-orgasmic pain is generally believed to be underreported but may occur in up to 9.7% of the population at some point. Up to 74% of men who suffer chronic pelvic pain also suffer from ejaculatory pain either regularly or intermittently. The study reports that, according to the National Institute of Health, 58% of men with prostatitis were found to have experienced ejaculatory pain compared to only 17% of patients with benign prostate hypertrophy.
In this case, a 25-year-old man went to the chiropractic for help with with his chief complaints of thoracic spine pain, pelvic pain with ejaculatory pain, headache, and ringing in the ears. The man reported that he had been experiencing thoracic pain and pelvic pain with ejaculatory pain for approximately 1½ years.
Using a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the worst, the man was asked to grade each of his health issues. He reported that his thoracic pain was “4-9”, his pelvic pain with ejaculatory pain was “3-7”, his headaches were “2-5′, and his ringing in the ears was (tinnitus) was between “1-3”.
The man’s history showed that most of his issues were ongoing and constant. The level and frequency of his issues had led him to seek help from 14 other medical doctors, specialists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals, all to no avail. During the course of medical care, the man was given a variety of medications that offered little or no relief.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included thermographic heat studies, and both static and motion spinal x-rays. It was noted that the man’s neck curve was reversed from the normal direction, measuring a -47 cm radius instead of the normal forward curve that measures +17 cm radius.
Specific chiropractic adjustments were given over the next 10 months determined mainly by the heat readings performed each visit. The study notes that no additional traction, therapies, supplementation, or other interventions were used in this case.
A re-examination was performed with follow-up x-rays of the neck being taken. It was noted on the new x-rays that the man’s neck was no longer curved in the wrong direction but was not curved forward measuring to be a +24 cm radius curve. The man reported that his ringing in the ears was totally gone as was his pain on ejaculation. He also stated that his pelvic pain and headaches were “much improved.”
In their discussion the authors wrote, “In order to understand the relationship between the remission of PE symptoms and the chiropractic adjustment, the concept of vertebral subluxation must be explored and understood.” They continued, “Because vertebral subluxation involves many surrounding tissues including bone, muscle, connective tissue, nervous tissue, vascular structures, etc., the loss of function to these tissues lends to a variety of pathophysiological cascades, (health effects).”