The Spinal Column: One scenario of infertility

Dr. Jim Schaffer
Dr. Jim Schaffer

As summer blisters on, children and adults alike seem generally happier and lighter. I myself just returned from a family vacation in the Lancaster area complete with amusements rides and farm animal chores.

I returned to the office with what I thought were funny stories of my kids getting bobbed around by a goat or running out of Hershey Park as a storm advanced. My cheesy versions of these tales were met with cheerful tales of similar events by other vacationing patients and their families. Generally a happy crowd in the office during summer months.

But not everyone is having as much fun. Not everyone wants to be continually reminded of what they are not doing...not watching their kids wave from the kiddie rides and not watching the calf lick milk from the bottle their small child is holding.

These folks have not yet been gifted the child they so desperately would like to create together. My heart goes out to these couples. It really does.


And I have the opportunity in this column for my expertise to go out to them as well.

A common scenario of infertility relates to the woman. And that is what we will focus on today. I will try to explain how and why this woman’s body is not having success with what so many other woman can do innately.

One of the most devastating problems facing many couples today is infertility - not being able to have a child. I see this in many patients that I have had the good fortune to meet. The anguish is nothing short to heartbreaking for many. Many such couples have tried fertility clinics, fertility enhancing drugs, vitamin injections, counseling, etc. Unfortunately for these couples, the problem remains.

For those who are not all that aware of exactly how the process of ovulation takes place let’s review.

When a woman ovulates, the egg goes down one fallopian tube one month and then down the other fallopian tube the next month. In other words, it tends to alternate to give one or the other a break. The egg starts at one end of the fallopian tube and ends up at the uterus or womb at the other. The egg does not swim or have any flippers, arms, or legs, and so it is carried along by what we call passive transport. It is simply a bystander going for a ride; much like a ride in a convoluted water tube of a waterpark.

The reason this takes place is because of a very exact function of the different muscles that make up the walls of the fallopian tubes. The muscles literally squeeze the egg step by step, from one end of tube to the other. The purpose of this function is to meet the sperm at the other end so that fertilization can take place and a baby starts to be developed. In other words, the egg starts at one end of the fallopian tube and the muscles of the tube gently squeeze it from one end to the other. This process is called peristalsis and is very similar to swallowing while you eat; the muscles in your esophagus, the tube which you swallow food through, literally guide what you have just swallowed, all the way down into your stomach. The same goes with the Fallopian tube.

Let’s look at this in the light of a couple not being able to achieve pregnancy:

In most couples that are labeled “infertile” it seems that the egg is not able to make it through the fallopian tube to meet the sperm. Unless that union is allowed to take place, there is no pregnancy, hence no baby.Not a good thing.

Let’s look at this even closer for a moment:

As I mentioned, the function of the muscles of the fallopian tubes is to propel the egg from one end to the other, in order to meet the sperm. In cases of infertility, however, this does not take place.

Why would the muscles that are designed and programmed to perform that very special function every month, decide suddenly that they simply won’t do it?

Well, the answer is quite simple - it is not their decision. The muscles of your body do not decide, on their own, what to do. They are literally ordered or not ordered to do their job by the nervous system. In cases of infertility, I have found that the muscles are simply not able to take the egg from one end of the fallopian tube to the other because the communication from the nervous system to the Fallopian tubes is interrupted. This interruption happens when there is a vertebral subluxation, generally in the lower part of the spine.

Let me explain a Vertebral Subluxation and it’s affects on the functions of our body.

Running through the spine is the spinal cord, which contains billions of nerves that send vital messages and information from the brain to every part of the body and back again. It is your body’s own information highway - our own world wide web.

As long as none of these messages are interrupted, your body should have optimal function and the best of health. If, however, there is an interference with the exchange of information due to one of the spinal bones being out of place – we call this a vertebral subluxation. The misaligned bone will squeeze on the nerves that should be sending messages. The messages sent by the brain never reach the intended body part, and if they do, the instructions are muddled. As a result, the body begins to malfunction, much like your car would if the gas line leaked or your computer if its circuits corroded.

By correcting the subluxation, and allowing the nervous system to control the function of those Fallopian tubes correctly, couples often achieve pregnancy.

There is a news clip on our website,, under our “Common Problems” tab. It is very interesting and expounds on this article. Check it out when you have a chance. One thing that is different from this video is that Chiropractic Care is covered by Health Insurance.

So, if you have been having difficulties in this area, Please call us - we can help.

And that wraps up another exciting exchange of information!

See you next week. Until then...

Yours In Health,

Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Schaffer of Kimberton Chiropractic located in Phoenixville can be reached at 484-921-4936 or through the website,