Many women suffer with menstrual cramping and discomfort. While each of us experiences our menstrual cycle differently, cramps can be debilitating for teen girls and some women. Did you know that chiropractic care can actually help alleviate some of those symptoms?
Every month, your uterus goes through a ‘cycle’ as it prepares for a possible pregnancy. This includes ovulation, fertilization and (sometimes) implantation. First, the hormone Estrogen prepares for your possible pregnancy by thickening the lining of the uterus with blood and nutrients. Ovulation is the process where your ovaries produce an egg and release it into your Fallopian tube. The egg then travels into the uterus. The egg can actually survive up to 24 hours, awaiting fertilization (when the egg encounters your partner’s sperm). Once fertilized, the egg then travels to the womb and is implanted in the uterine lining. This is called Implantation and, to assist the fertilized egg, your body begins to produce another hormone called Progesterone. Progesterone will continue to build up the uterine lining, creating a safe place for the fertilized egg to develop and be nourished.
But if no pregnancy occurs, then the uterine lining that developed in anticipation of a fertilized egg is no longer needed. The lining begins to break down and will be released. This is menstruation. It is the end of the cycle, but also the beginning of the next. For your body will continue to produce estrogen and rebuild the uterine lining in anticipation of your next ovulation.
During menstruation, women may deal with a host of symptoms including cramping, low back pain, headaches and moodiness. Every woman is different, and for some women, each cycle can be a little different than the last. Some women experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is more severe then PMS, and can cause severe discomfort, irritability and even depression.
Chiropractic adjustments align the vertebrae that nourish the reproductive organs which actually helps to relieve pain and lessen some symptoms of PMS and PMDD. Additionally, a misaligned spine can constrict the blood vessels which cuts off the supply of oxygen to the muscles around your pelvic region, adding to the discomfort. A simple spinal adjustment may provide relief. And when your spine is adjusted, your central nervous system works more efficiently, helping to modulate the levels of estrogen and progesterone, which may improve some of the moodiness and irritability you feel before or during menstruation.
Periods are a fact of life, ladies, and we encourage you to talk about any menstruation-related concerns you have with your chiropractor and your primary physician. Let’s help you find relief from the pain and get back to living your life fully! A chiropractic adjustment is certainly more effective than ibuprofen or other pain medications, and will address the root issues of some of your more severe period-related symptoms. Many of our patients report that treatment provides a significant reduction in back pain and other areas of discomfort!