One comment we get often from our female patients who experience menstrual cramps is that it is just a part of being a woman—that everyone gets them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When your body is functioning properly, you should not experience any complications during your menstrual cycle. In fact, my.clevelandclinic.org/ lists menstrual cramps as a symptom of “abnormal menstruation.”
If many people experience this same pain, how is it abnormal?
One important thing to remember is just because a symptom is common that does not make it normal. If many people in the same profession experienced neck strain and shoulder pain, the symptoms may seem normal because everyone has the same experience, but shoulder and neck pain are never normal. So, too, are menstrual cramps not normal.
But how have so many women come to think of this pain as normal?
The answer lies within society’s ambivalence toward pain and particularly the fear of pain related to female anatomy. Throughout many cultures in history, menstruation has been a taboo subject—and still is today. As a result, many women are uncomfortable discussing their cycles with doctors and even with each other (livescience.com). This can lead to problematic symptoms going untreated. Menstrual cramps can result from many various complications—subluxation, diet, stress, etc—and it is best to speak to your doctor about them.
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractic is one of the few non-invasive ways to eliminate menstrual cramps. When a subluxation forms in the lower back from either a physical, chemical, or emotional trauma, the signals from the nerves are impacted. The nerves in the lower back lead to the reproductive organs, regulating their health and keeping them functioning properly. Without the proper nerve signal, the reproductive organs can develop a wide variety of issues with painful and uncomfortable symptoms—such as cramping or nausea during a woman’s period. Through regular chiropractic adjustments, the spine will begin to shift back to proper alignment and allow the nerves to heal the reproductive organs. One of the first symptoms to disappear will be the pain. We have had reports of women who experience relief from menstrual cramping as immediately as just an hour later. By continuing with regular chiropractic, these symptoms should never return because we focus on fixing the underlying problem.
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