Periods are a natural part of a woman’s life, occurring every month as the body prepares for pregnancy. They are a marker of health as important in some ways as your blood pressure or heart rate. And this is important at all times of a woman’s life not only during times when she is trying to have babies.
PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)
However, when the symphony of hormones gets out of tune, periods can also come with a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including cramping, bloating, mood swings, and headaches. In some cases, these symptoms can be severe enough to disrupt daily activities and even compromise quality of life.
I often have conversations with women about their cycles where they say things like, ‘I only have the normal headaches for a few days before my period’ or ‘I have to take medication for pain for the first three days of my period, but that’s normal isn’t it?’. These are signs that the hormonal system is out of balance and in particular that oestrogen is dominant compared to progesterone. And I have to say that normal and common have certainly been confused in many settings but none more so than when it is to do with women’s periods.
For those women who prefer a natural approach to improved health and and symptom management there is an alternative, chiropractic care. As Chiropractors we are trained to assess and adjust musculoskeletal problems, including those that affect the reproductive system. By addressing underlying issues in the spine and nervous system, chiropractic care may help regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate related symptoms.
Let’s take a look at some specific ways in which chiropractic care can help with period-related issues.
1. Spinal alignment
The spine serves as the main communication highway between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spine is misaligned, it can interfere with nerve signals that control various bodily functions, including menstruation. Our chiropractors use adjustments to realign the spine and restore proper nerve function, which may help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce cramping.
2. Hormone balance
Hormones play a crucial role in menstrual regulation, and imbalances can lead to irregular periods and other symptoms. Chiropractic care may help improve hormone balance by reducing stress and inflammation, which can affect hormone production. Additionally, our chiropractors use nutrition advice and supplements to support hormone health.
3. Pelvic alignment
The pelvis is closely connected to the reproductive system, and misalignments can cause discomfort and other issues. Chiropractic adjustments can help realign the pelvis and alleviate pressure on the reproductive organs, which may help reduce cramping and other symptoms.
4. Back pain relief
Many women experience back pain during their periods, which can be due to muscle tension or spinal misalignments. Chiropractic care can help relieve back pain by addressing these underlying issues and improving overall spinal health.
5. Stress reduction
Stress can exacerbate period-related symptoms, including headaches, mood swings, and cramping. Chiropractic care may help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and improving nervous system function. This may lead to fewer and less severe menstrual symptoms over time.
Chiropractic care has been a game-changer for many women struggling with period-related issues. Here is an example of how chiropractic care has helped real women in our practice overcome their symptoms:
Take Maddie for example, she is 35 with two young girls who are 5 and 2. She is breastfeeding the little one and is looking for schooling options for her 5 year old. Maddie works part time and runs her own little business from home. Her husband works in Brisbane so she looks after her girls most of the time. It is a busy lifestyle.
Maddie has had headaches and monthly migraines since before having her daughters, the migraines come two days before her period and her headaches are daily or every few days. She has done yoga and meditation for years, eats well and is very aware of avoiding chemicals in her home and food. So she couldn’t understand why she was laid up for up to 3 days each month with migraines, abdominal cramping and low back pain.
It affected her ability to parent, made her feel exhausted and like she was always in catch up mode both at home & at work.
Maddie started chiropractic care and soon after noticed her headaches diminishing, improved energy, less cramps, no migraines and then 4 months into care she announced ‘My period surprised me!!’ Which means no PMS(pre-menstrual symptoms). When your period arrives with no headaches, bloating, cramping, lower back pain or migraine, that’s a normal, balanced hormone system at work.
Chiropractic care offers a natural and safe way to manage period-related symptoms and support overall reproductive health. By addressing underlying issues in the spine and nervous system, chiropractors can help regulate menstrual cycles, reduce cramping and headaches, and alleviate premenstrual tension. If you’re struggling with period-related issues, make an appointment with one of our chiropractors to see if we can help you.