Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) treatments at Atlantic Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition of physical symptoms occurring only during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle that are of sufficient severity to interfere with some aspects of life.
Up to 85% of women experience some of the symptoms associated with PMS at some point during their childbearing years. It mostly affects women from their late 20’s to early 40’s. A definite cause has not been found yet, but theories suggest that it is caused by a decrease of endorphins before menstruation. More than 200 different symptoms have been associated with PMS, but the most prominent symptoms:
- Back Pain
There are many traditional treatment options which include exercise, NSAID’s, hormone therapy, and diet. These treatments are repeated every month when symptoms show up again.
Integrated Treatment and PMS
Even if integrated medical treatments do not change how your body reacts to hormonal changes, there are multiple studies that show that it can decrease symptoms associated with PMS. This relief happens without the potential side effects of medications through a combination of massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Since the lower back contains all the nerves that travel to the abdomen and reproductive organs, Physical care that involves massage, physical therapy, stretches, and chiropractic care can have a positive effect
Since the lower back contains all the nerves that travel to the abdomen and reproductive organs, Physical care that involves massage, physical therapy, stretches, and chiropractic care can have a positive effect on this area. Contact Atlantic Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today to see if you would benefit from an integrated course of treatment at our facility.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by mood swings, swollen abdomen, headaches, back pain, food cravings, fatigue, irritability or depression in the days before a woman’s monthly period. The severity of these symptoms can range from mild to incapacitating and may last from a couple of days to two weeks.
It has been estimated that three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome, and it is more likely to trouble women from their late 20’s to early 40’s. Between 10-20% of all women experience symptoms that are severe or even disabling.
PMS is thought to be a side effect of hormonal changes during the monthly menstrual cycle and can be made worse by stress, decreased serotonin levels in the brain and mal-positioned vertebrae in the low back.
Although physical care cannot fix the way your body responds to the hormonal changes that precede menstruation, several studies have shown that it can help decrease many of the symptoms of PMS without the potential side effects of prescription drugs.
Since the nerves that exit the low back are responsible for regulating all of the tissues in the lower abdomen, any pressure or irritation that can be alleviated through comprehensive care can be helpful.