Chiropractic Care and Other Proven Ways to Help PMS
A large majority of women suffer from PMS symptoms, some worse than others. Symptoms range from bloating to mood swings, and can tend to worsen when women reach their mid 30s and 40s. No one likes dealing with the PMS monster each month, so here are three proven methods to try to combat the issues.
A study done in 2014 found that working out on a treadmill three times a week, for three months decreased the annoying PMS symptoms. There was a great decrease in fatigue and poor concentration. Aerobic exercises also help boost endorphins, which can make you feel happier and in better control of your moods.
Getting enough calcium in your diet can also play a huge role in how severe your PMS symptoms are. It is recommended that women should get at least 1200 milligrams through food and supplements. Having enough calcium can reduce mood swings, water retention, cravings, and cramps. Calcium was also the only mineral that worked to help treat PMS, and this was after a 2009 review that tested out 62 different herbs, vitamins, and minerals on PMS.
While many doctors are quick to prescribe medication for PMS symptoms, it is not always the wisest road to take. Many doctors will recommend PMS patients to take birth control to regulate their cycles and moods. However, taking birth control can also mess with your hormones for the worst and cause difficulty in conceiving a child later down the road.
Instead, try getting to the issue of the severity of PMS pain. If PMS pain is caused by a subluxation in the spine, then chiropractic care will help. The spine communicates with the nerves, which communicates with every other part of the body, including your reproductive organs and hormones. If there is a subluxation in the spine, it could be interfering with the communication in your nerves or hormones, making PMS symptoms more severe than they need to be.
One study done in 1999 followed 25 patients who had PMS symptoms. Sixteen patients received chiropractic care adjustments regularly for three months, while the other nine women received placebo chiropractic adjustments (adjustments made with an instrument with minimum force). The two groups eventually switched methods as well. The results were consistent that the women who received regular chiropractic adjustments saw a reduction in the severity of their PMS symptoms.
If you are suffering with PMS symptoms, whether mild or severe, stop by The Joint today. Our regular and affordable adjustments may help make your monthly duty a little easier to handle.