Ok, let's start with the basics...
Pain during your cycle is not actually normal.
By balancing the pelvic bones, chiropractic naturally relieves ligament pressure on the uterus.
Posture also plays a huge part in uterine alignment.
Dr. Amanda can help you start the process of getting rid of your period pain
Many women are taught from a young age that "period pain is a part of life" So, it may come as a shock to you that a true "normal" period should be pain-free, and with minimal symptoms. All of the side effects we have come to know and dislike are actually symptoms of a disorder known as dysmenorrhea.
Dysmenorrhea is defined as painful cramps that occur with menstruation and is the most common gynecologic problem in women of all ages and races. Medical reports vary wildly between 16% and 81% of the female population reporting this type of pelvic pain, and rates as high as 90% have been recorded. Not a shock, right? Do you know hardly anyone who has perfect, graceful periods? Not really, no.
Symptoms typically begin in early teen years and have become the #1 reason why women call out from work and girls stay home from school. In short, it's a big problem.
So, how can Chiropractic help my periods?
The uterus is a very tricky creature. It is fed by large blood vessels, massive nerves and is cushioned between a whole slew of other important organs. The pelvic bowl itself is actually designed to have your uterus gracefully (we hope) suspend from your tailbone, or sacrum, and tethered to your pubic bone in front. In an ideal world your sacrum and pubic bones are in perfect alignment, all the ligaments connecting to your uterus are happy-go-lucky and your periods are pain-free. But this is not the case for many of us. So why is that?
When we are toddlers, our bones are very soft and pliable. So, every little bump or fall we take when learning to walk, falling off the swings or slide and playing sports can affect the shape of our growing bones. In the pelvis we are especially sensitive as every fall on our butts causes our tailbones to rotate and changes the sensitive nature of the ligaments supporting our uterus.
By the time we are 10 years old it is estimated we have fallen on our butts over 1,000 times. You can only imagine how beat up our pelvic ligaments are by the time we reach our first our periods! No wonder we are all so out of whack and dreading our times of the month. Falls, however, are not the only ways we damage our pelvic alignment.
High heels only add insult to injury.
In addition to falls, our postures and fixed positions (think looking down at your phone for long sessions on facebook or sitting with your legs crossed at a boring meeting) affect the way our bones and muscles relate to one another. Have you ever had your Mother tell you, "Don't make that face, you'll stay that way." Well, science now understands that our bodies really do remember posture patterns.
The same body phenomenon which allows us to remember how to ride a bike also recalls the way we prefer to sit, to stand, to lean and to sleep. In the case of high heeled shoes, the ligaments in our ankles actually shrink after prolonged use, leading to discomfort when wearing flats or flip flops.
Just as the heeled shoes create a shortness in our ankles, they also create a tilt to our tailbones. This causes distinct pressure on the ligaments connecting to the uterus, and can even cause a physically "tilted uterus." If you have ever been told by your Ob/Gyn that your uterus is shifted, or if they've needed to work hard to get a speculum in during a pelvic exam, pelvic misalignment could be the cause.
The specific style of chiropractic care that Dr. Amanda practices is focused on balancing your pelvic angle, releasing the pressure on uterine ligaments and allowing blood flow to normalize in the uterus. In the vast majority of cases her clients notice a significant reduction in period symptoms, to the point of being caught unaware by an upcoming cycle.
Imagine not knowing your period was here, until the first sign of flow.
No intense cramping, no crazy mood swings, no need to eat ALL the things. If that sounds to you like heaven on earth, you should give Dr. Amanda a call. Seriously. If your result are even HALF as good as the majority in our practice, your only regret will be you didn't call sooner. It's that important.
By balancing the pelvic bones, the uterine ligaments are naturally supported and stress is relieved. This can lead to reduced cramping, ease of menstrual flow and even a reduction in emotional PMS symptoms. To learn more, contact Dr. Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.