It’s not all in your head! Virtually all women have period pain and almost half of menstruating women suffer P.M.S. (pre-menstrual syndrome). Estimates suggest that up to 90% of women suffer from some form of PMS with 10 -20% experiencing severe or disabling symptoms. While the cause of PMS is unknown, hormones, genetics, nutrition, and stress play a part. If you’re resolved not to give in to menstrual or premenstrual discomfort, and you want a natural solution that avoids drugs, consider chiropractic.
But why do some women suffer debilitating monthly periods while others seem to be hardly inconvenienced? Here at Innate Wellness, we know more important factors of this multi-faceted dilemma. Low levels of nutrients, abnormal metabolism of hormones, and low levels of brain chemicals such as serotonin affects mood.
The Lumbar Spine
Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. The spine, especially in the lower back, can impair nerves that direct and monitor the reproductive and hormonal systems. Women with undetected misalignments can suffer from a wide variety of female health problems including pelvic pain, PMS, incontinence, sexual dysfunctions and even infertility.
Three types of effects can result when proper nervous system regulation of the reproductive system is disturbed from the abnormal motion or position of spinal bones.
- OVER ACTIVITY – Such as heavy bleeding or severe cramping.
- UNDER ACTIVITY – Including missed periods or infertility.
- DISTORTED ACTIVITY – Cells that normally line the uterus, implant elsewhere causing bleeding, pain and reduced fertility.
The Promise of Chiropractic
While chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for PMS, many women with spinal distortions often see an improvement in their reproductive health while under chiropractic care. Restoring a more normally functioning nervous system helps the body work the way it’s supposed to. If you, or someone you love, is put out of commission a couple of days every month, encourage her to visit a chiropractor for a thorough examination. Find out if there’s nerve interference in the lower back that could be the culprit.
What Can I Do To Help Myself?
PMS is not caused by bad luck, but by bad habits, environmental toxins, and stress. Here are three effective home care treatments:
Avoiding sugar and junk food can be part of managing PMS. Consumption of sugar causes blood-sugar levels to rise dramatically, increasing the likelihood of mood swings and worsening fatigue, headaches and the ability to focus. Keep your PMS in check by limiting your sugar intake.
Walking, cycling, running, or any physical activity for 30 minutes daily may be the last thing you want to do when in the throes of PMS, but it has proven anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects. These activities will change your body chemistry and allow for easier periods.
Meditate, sing, paint, call a friend, listen to music, take a hot shower and relieve the stress that comes with monthly hormonal changes
Many women notice easier or pain-free periods once their spines are properly aligned. At our chiropractic wellness clinic we use a virtually painless technique to gently realign the pelvis with outstanding results.