Many women have PMS, PMDD, or suffer from painful periods. TV ads tell you to just take a Midol or some Advil.
Here's the thing...taking Midol or Advil, while it dulls the symptoms and may reduce inflammation temporarily, does nothing to actually get to the underlying cause of the PMS and cramps.
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) or PMDD (Premenstraul Dysmorphic Disorder) is caused by hormonal imbalances in a woman's monthly cycle. This can be caused by stress, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, being overweight, or an underlying imbalance in the pituitary or other master glands of the body.
What can be done from a holistic perspective?
Chiropractic Adjustments - Adjusting the spine and removing interference/pressure on the nervous system allows for increased functioning of hormone secretion and uterus and ovarian function. I pay special attention to the low back and pelvis in my patients who have problematic periods. The nerves in these two regions travel to the ovaries and uterus.
Acupuncture - By using Acugraph, a state-of-the-art diagnostic program, I can detect energetic imbalances in the acupuncture meridians. Energy in the acupuncture meridians become imbalanced before hormone levels and the uterus and ovaries start to malfunction. These organ and hormonal malfunctions are a symptom of the meridian imbalances. The Spleen, Pericardium, and Liver Meridians are three of the meridians that are commonly associated with PMS, PMDD and cramps. Of course, all patients are different, so that is why it is critical to use the Acugraph program to check the 12 main meridians. This ensures that the patient gets the most effective treatment to work on their individual energy levels.
CranioSacral Therapy - CranioSacral Therapy can also be used to help relieve cramps and other symptoms associated with PMS and PMDD. This therapy helps unwind soft tissue restrictions in the body, including the tilting of the uterus that is commonly found in women with cramps. Many women have also reported feeling more relaxed, centered, and peaceful after a CranioSacral session.
Total Body Modification - This technique can be used to help untilt a uterus, which is the most common cause for cramps. I have helped many women have easier periods with the Tilted Uterus protocol. In fact, several women have started subsequent periods with little to no cramping...their period comes as a complete surprise!
Nutrition - I also look at what may help from a nutritional perspective. The following supplements commonly help with PMS, PMDD and cramps:
- Quality Multivitamin/Multimineral
- Magnesium and Calcium in a 1:2 ratio
- Evening Primrose Oil or Omega - 3 supplement
There are many different holistic techniques that can make a difference with Cramps, PMS, and PMDD. Hopefully now you know there are resources available to help improve the quality of your life, and lessen the discomfort many women experience with their menstrual cycles. Every person is different, and that is why it is important to consult with a Chiropractor who will customize a plan for you based upon your individual needs.
If you or someone you love needs a Chiropractor in the Kansas City area who practices from a holistic perspective, please call me at 816-256-3603. I am happy to answer your questions.
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Kristine Baker