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Menstrual Cycle – Chiropractic Can Help

Menstrual Cycle – Chiropractic Can Help Every month, the female body goes through a series of changes that serve to prepare it for possible preg­nancy. For all women, hormone levels go through a series of peaks and valleys in a 28-day cycle (on average). It is precisely coordinated with only one end result in mind: to create a child.

The three main processes are ovula­tion, fertilization and implantation. When everything goes as planned, each month an egg (ovum) is released from the ovary. The uterus prepares for a potentially-fertilized egg to be implanted in its nutrient-thick walls.

It takes approximately three days for the ovum to make its way through the fallopian tubes (during which time it may be fertilized by sperm) and into the uterus, where the actively dividing group of cells is to be implanted. If fertilization does not occur within this window of time, the brain and body receive signals to start this cycle all over again. As this happens, the inner lining of the uterus is released, trigger­ing the bleeding stage of the menstrual cycle, which typically lasts about 3 days. to your health in a number of ways.

Dealing With Dysmenorrhea and PMS

The menstrual cycle is a natural physiological phenomenon, but for some women it can also be a very painful one – both physically and emotionally. If a woman experiences physical pain and cramping during the menstrual cycle, she is diagnosed with Chiropractic helps with the menstrual cycledysmenorrhea. If she experiences a combination of physical and emotional symptoms just prior to the onset of menses, then she has pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). It is estimated that up to 90% of all young women will experience some form of dysmenorrhea.1 And another 75% to 85% of females will suffer from various degrees of PMS during their lifetime.2 This is a lot of suffering related to the menstrual cycle!


Most medical doctors suggest anti- inflammatory or analgesic medications to help ease the pain caused by these problems. There is some evidence that over-the-counter medications like naproxen or ibuprofen can significantly reduce the symptoms.1 However, your chiropractor would rather try to help you end the pain more naturally, using chiropractic techniques to ease these painful conditions!

A recent scientific journal reveals female chiropractic patients can hope for a more comfortable future. Using a specific chiropractic technique referred to as the drop-table method, clinicians assessed and treated thirteen patients who reported ongoing symptoms (average of 12 years) related to dysmenorrhea. Over two menstrual cycles, subjects received three treat­ments per cycle, specifically adjusting spinal restrictions in the lumbosacral area of the spine. Most of the patients responded favorably to treatment, with significant reductions in back pain and general abdominal pain.3

In another study, researchers wanted to observe the effects of chiropractic adjustments on the incidence of PMS symptoms. Twenty-five patients were divided into two groups, with one group receiving adjustments two to three times in the week prior to menses, for a total of three cycles. The other group received a faux adjustment for the same number of treatments during the study period. Then, the two groups were crossed over so that all individu­als received chiropractic adjustments. In both groups, symptoms were signifi­cantly better following a trial of chiropractic therapy, yet for one group there was no significant difference between receiving placebo treatment and the actual adjustments.4

Disclaimer: Information contained in this post is for educational and general purposes only and is designed to assist you in making informed decisions about your health. Any information contained herein is not intended to substitute advice from your physician or other healthcare professional.

References and sources:

  1. Milsom I, Minic M, Dawood MY, Akin MD, Spann J, Niland NF, Squire RA. Comparison of the efficacy and safety of nonprescrip­tion doses of naproxen andnaproxen sodium with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and placebo in the treatment of primary dysmenor­rhea: a pooled analysis of five studies – Clinical Therapeutics 2002 Sep; 24(9): 1384-1400.
  2. Limosin F & Ades J. [Psychiatric and psychological aspects of premenstrual syndrome] [French] – Encephale 2001 Nov-Dec; 27(6): 501-8
  3. Holtzman DA, Petrocco-Napuli KL, Burke JR. Prospective case series on the effects of lumbosa­cral manipulation on dysmenor­rheal – J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008 Mar; 31(3): 237-246.
  4. Walsh MJ, Polus BI – A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of chiropractic therapy on premenstrual syndrome. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 Nov-Dec; 22(9): 582-585.

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