Chiropractic Solution for Painful Menstrual Cycles at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Painful menstrual cycles are characterized by uterine pain before and during menstruation. These ‘cramps’ are also known as dysmenorrhea (derived from the Greek “dys” meaning difficult or painful; “meno” meaning month; and “rrhea,” or flow) and can be felt as a sharp or throbbing pain accompanied by lower back pain, headache, digestive issues, and nausea.

During a woman’s cycle, the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, thickens in preparation for potential pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the body needs to rid itself of this unnecessary uterine tissue. Pain occurs when molecular compounds called prostaglandins are released. The compounds cause the muscles of the uterus to contract, which accomplishes a very important task—constricting the blood supply to the tissue of the endometrium, which dies and then passes out of the body—but also may cause the terrible ache that women experience as painful menstruation.

Some women are prescribed birth control formulations marketed specifically for sufferers of painful or disruptive menstrual cycles. While the potential link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer is not yet fully understood, there are other major health risks related to the use of birth control, including (but certainly not limited to) heart attack, stroke, immune system suppression, and blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart, and brain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are another common tool used to fight the pain of cramps. While these over the counter drugs, which include ibuprofen and naproxen, are an effective temporary solution, long term use can cause gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulceration or bleeding. They also increase the risk of heart attack, and are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Painful Menstrual Cycles and the Spine

Like every part of the body, female sexual organs require a healthy nerve supply from the spine in order to function properly. It is not coincidental that many women suffering from painful menstrual cycles also experience neck or back pain generally. Often, when women visit a chiropractor for neck or back problems, the beneficial effects on menstrual cramps are a welcome surprise.

Chiropractic care can help ensure that the sexual organ/spinal column relationship is a healthy one. The chiropractic approach has brought relief to many women suffering from painful menstrual cycles. Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxation (a condition in which the spine is misaligned and then interferes with the nervous system and causes a state of reduced health) to reduce pain, bringing both short term relief as well as a permanent solution to this problem.

Spinal realignment can also treat other issues related to reproductive health. Women suffering from a wide variety of hormonal conditions, including menopausal symptoms such as depression, hot flashes, joint and back pain, irritability, headaches, and fatigue, can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

Relief from Pain

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we provide safe, gentle chiropractic adjustment services for women suffering from painful menstrual cycles and the many maladies that often accompany this condition (back pain or headaches, for example). While many women believe that the painful cramping before and during menstruation is a fact of life that must be endured, it is a condition that can be successfully treated.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation uses a number of techniques in the treatment of painful menstrual cycles, including both traditional chiropractic as well as a revolutionary practice known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). CBP is particularly helpful in treating the pain of menstrual cycles because it is concerned with optimal posture and spinal alignment as a whole; posture affects every physiological function, including hormonal production.

Please contact our office at 732-345-1377 or complete the form above to learn how we can help.