Chiropractic Care for PMS and Menstrual Pain: Finding Relief Naturally

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects a significant number of women worldwide, causing physical discomfort and emotional distress.
Menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, is another common issue that can disrupt daily life.
While many women turn to over-the-counter pain relievers, chiropractic care offers a holistic and drug-free approach to alleviate PMS symptoms and menstrual pain.
In this blog post, we will explore how chiropractic care can help manage these conditions, backed by relevant research and evidence.

Understanding PMS and Menstrual Pain

PMS refers to a combination of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms experienced by many women in the days or weeks leading up to menstruation.
Symptoms can vary widely and include bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and headaches.
Menstrual pain can be categorized into two types: primary dysmenorrhea, which is caused by natural hormonal changes, and secondary dysmenorrhea, which is typically associated with an underlying medical condition.
The primary symptoms include cramping, lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, and occasionally, nausea and vomiting.

Chiropractic Care for PMS and Menstrual Pain

Chiropractic care is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, with a particular emphasis on the spine.
While it may seem unrelated, spinal adjustments performed by chiropractors can have a positive impact on PMS and menstrual pain. Here’s how:
  1. Spinal Alignment: Misalignments or subluxations in the spine can interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine, allowing the nervous system to communicate more effectively with the rest of the body. This can help alleviate pain and reduce the severity of PMS symptoms.
  2. Hormonal Balance: Chiropractic care also influences the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone regulation. Research suggests that spinal adjustments can help normalize hormone levels, potentially reducing PMS symptoms and menstrual pain.
  3. Muscular Tension and Relaxation: During PMS and menstrual pain, the muscles in the lower abdomen and lower back can become tense and tight. Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapies, such as massage or stretching exercises, can help relax these muscles, leading to pain relief.

Research and Evidence:

Several studies have explored the effectiveness of chiropractic care in managing PMS and menstrual pain. Here are some noteworthy findings:
  1. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of chiropractic care on 38 women with primary dysmenorrhea. The participants who received chiropractic adjustments reported significant improvements in pain intensity and duration compared to those in the control group.
  2. Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2018 investigated the impact of chiropractic care on women with PMS. The results showed a significant reduction in PMS symptoms, including pain, bloating, and mood swings, following chiropractic treatments.
  3. A review published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2016 summarized the existing literature on chiropractic care and menstrual pain. The authors concluded that chiropractic interventions, such as spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapies, were effective in reducing pain associated with dysmenorrhea.

Chiropractic offers a natural, drug-free approach to helping PMS and menstrual cramps.

By focusing on spinal alignment, hormonal balance, and muscle relaxation, a chiropractor can help women reduce the discomfort and stress associated with these conditions.

Although more research is needed, existing research supports the effectiveness of chiropractic interventions in relieving premenstrual pain.

Thea is a Life By Design Chiropractor, author, blogger and speaker on creating extraordinary health. Thea is passionate about powering your health, allowing you to create an extraordinary life! She has long known the benefits of regular Chiropractic care, experiencing drastic improvements in athletic and academic performance as well as an enhanced quality of life. Thea and her husband Brian own and practice from The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.