Can Chiropractic Care Help With PMS?
Do headaches, backache, abdominal bloating, cramping, fatigue and mood swings sound familiar to you? These symptoms can be physical but also emotional in nature, and often improve once menstruation begins. If you are one of the millions of woman who experience these symptoms, you are not alone.
Most women suffer from the symptoms of PMS during their childbearing years, between 10-20% experience severe or disabling symptoms.
What is Premenstrual Syndrome?
PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome and is the combination of symptoms that some women suffer from about a week or so before their period. Symptoms appear before your period starts and will usually disappear during your period. Symptoms can affect both your body and your brain, and their intensity can vary a lot from woman to woman. There are 150 identified symptoms of PMS.
Exactly what cause PMS is unknown but factors such as the cyclic changes in hormones and chemical fluctuations in the brain play a role.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS but are severe and interfere with work, social activities, and relationships.
Can Chiropractic Care Help PMS?
- While most people think chiropractors are back doctors, it surprises many to learn that they’ve been contributing to women’s health with menstrual symptoms and PMS treatment for a very long time.
- The spine, especially in the lower back, can impair nerves that direct and oversee the reproductive and hormonal systems.
- Your nervous system manages and regulates every cell, organ, tissue, and system of your body. If there is even the slightest conflict with the communications between your brain and a part of your body, that body part won’t work correctly.
- These important nerve communications exit your brain, navigate down your spinal cord and then out between each spinal vertebrae to numerous organs and tissues. If the spine loses its proper alignment, nearby nerves can be affected.
- This is suggestive that spinal dysfunction could be a factor in PMS and indicate that chiropractic manipulative therapy may offer an alternative therapeutic approach for PMS Suffers. Both patients and chiropractors often report a decline in PMS symptoms including back pain, bloating, cramping, and loss of energy.
4 Other Natural Ways To Treat PMS
- Exercise. Getting out and moving will increase your circulation, elevate your mood, and help you sweat out some of that bloat. A brisk walk, or even a stroll, around the neighborhood can make a big difference.
- Meditate. Mood changes are a large and disruptive part of PMS, so it’s worth paying attention to meditation because you can likely affect your monthly mood changes for the better.
- Supplements. B Vitamins have been shown to reduce PMS symptoms. A good supply of magnesium supports our hormones, which affects menstruation and PMS. Research also shows that adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet reduces many common PMS symptoms.
- Avoid certain fats, sugars, and excess salt. Certain food can be a large source of inflammation which worsens PMS symptoms.
PMS is related to a variety of physical and psychological symptoms that occur just before your menstrual period. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
If you’re resolved not to give in to menstrual or premenstrual discomfort, and you want a natural solution for PMS that avoids drugs, Chiropractic care should definitely be a consideration.