Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female Woes

Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female WoesWe’d hazard a guess that there isn’t a woman in America who enjoys going through premenstrual syndrome every month. After all, who wants to experience abdominal pain, edema, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, sleepless nights and more? We can’t single out one person. And to top it all off, many women also find that the over-the-counter medications and do-it-yourself solutions simply don’t work. There is a bright spot though.

Spinal manipulation is very effective at reducing or eliminating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome for a number of ladies. The reason is simple. A woman’s reproductive organs and menstrual cycle are impacted by nerves located in the spinal cord. For instance, nerves in the sacrum and thoracic region control vaginal muscles, ligaments, pain sensors and secretions. Other nerves in the spine contribute to lower back pain, hormone level fluctuations, edema, energy loss, insomnia and headaches.

And thanks to several premenstrual syndrome related studies, we can prove our assertions too. In March 2013, the Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association published a study that explored how the menstrual cycle impacts ligament laxity.

When ligaments are lax, other parts of the body (e.g. bones) are likely to shift, thereby causing at least temporary nerve irritation. Understandably, irritated nerves in the areas that control the female reproductive system are apt to bring on, or exacerbate, symptoms commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome.

Oftentimes, using spinal manipulation is the ideal way to soothe aggravated nerves. And it should be noted that over the years, there have been other PMS studies that support our claims. Examples include research previously published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and the Epidemiologic Reviews.

Keeping all of that in mind, women with a history of premenstrual syndrome related problems should consider contacting a chiropractor. Depending on the individual’s overall health history, spinal manipulation may provide long sought after relief from cyclical woes.


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