You don’t have to rely on over the counter or prescription medications as your only option of treatment for menopause symptoms—instead, natural chiropractic care for women’s health may be just what you’re looking for.
Between a woman’s late 40’s and early 50’s, a natural ‘change’ begins to happen to her reproductive system. Known as menopause, this normal decline in hormones can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms including pain during intercourse, insomnia, hair dryness, anxiety, moodiness and irritability.
While many women may long await the day their periods come to an end, going through menopause brings its own set of challenges–the biggest known as “hot flashes”.
Hot flashes are extremely common during menopause, with most women experiencing them at one point or another during the change. A hot flash comes on as a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the upper body and face. A hot flash may also increase your heart rate and cause you to perspire without notice. Unfortunately, hot flashes can occur any time of the day or night and may even wake you out of a slumber.
Fortunately, menopause will pass, though sometimes symptoms persist for up to four years. If that sounds like a while–it is! This leads women to search for a treatment, and while many rely on over-the-counter or prescription medications, they can often do more harm than good as they may cause counter-symptoms like upset stomach, vaginal bleeding, rash or weight gain.
Many women turn to chiropractic care to help them through the physical, mental and emotional challenges of menopause. And it makes sense–after all, it’s a drug-free alternative that relieves spinal nerve pressure, allowing the nervous system to function properly.
How does it work?
Your nervous system controls every organ, tissue and cell in your body. When it’s not functioning as it was meant to, or is experiencing any level of dis-ease, it can bring on a variety of symptoms and pain. A chiropractor’s job is to locate the disturbance in your spine and use either a manual adjustment technique or a computer aided tool to bring it back to proper alignment. Chiropractors may also focus on balancing your hips, shoulders, neck and limbs.
Chiropractic adjustments aren’t a “one size fits all” model for women going through menopause–in fact, they’re designed specifically for your needs. A chiropractor will work with you to craft a care plan unique to your body and goals dependent on the root cause of your issue. Once the cause of the dis-ease is located, your practitioner will let you know how it can be addressed with a natural adjustment.
With regular visits, many women report a decrease in menopausal symptoms.
In addition to chiropractic care, consider implementing these natural treatments for menopause symptoms into your life.
Drink plenty of water and other cool drinks with ice including tea. Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine as both promote dehydration, which can worsen a hot flash.
Remaining calm during a hot flash can help limit its effects and shorten its duration. Practice breathing exercises and meditation regularly to prepare yourself. Regular exercise may also help you sleep sounder while improving overall health.
Because flaxseed is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, consuming it ground or in oil form is believed to help lower cholesterol. Skip whole flaxseed as it can be difficult for your system to digest.
Vaginal dryness is another commons symptom of menopause. If you’re experiencing pain due to this opting for an organic lubricant.
Whether you’re experiencing menopause symptoms currently or simply preparing yourself for the start, consider giving chiropractic care a shot to naturally manage the change your body will experience.
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