02 May Relief for Women: How Chiropractic Care Can Help to Alleviate the Symptoms of Menopause
All women go through menopause, generally around age 50. The symptoms of this biological process range from mild to debilitating, and although medical intervention is not always deemed necessary, most women do seek some sort of treatment to alleviate their symptoms.
While many women try medication or hormone replacement therapies, they may be unhappy with the side effects or risks. Chiropractic care is an excellent, natural alternative with proven success.
Menopause is a universal, female experience. While some lucky women have no symptoms, most do. These symptoms can include:
1. Hot flashes—75-85% of women in the U.S. have reported having these sudden feelings of warmth
2. Mood Disorders such as anxiety, depression and irritability
3. Exhaustion—an almost constant feeling of tiredness
4. Sleep Disorders—more than 60% of women going through menopause have difficulty sleeping
Seeing your chiropractor during menopause can help. Two primary hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are dramatically reduced during menopause. This change is what causes many of these uncomfortable symptoms.
The hypothalamus, also known as the master control of the body, plays a significant role in the production of progesterone and estrogen. Misalignments in the spine can interfere with the functioning of the hypothalamus.
Chiropractic deals with the nervous system and spine which if under stress, will cause an additional decrease in the levels of hormones your body is producing. Our nervous system controls all the functions of our bodies, which is why it is beneficial to have your spine checked and adjusted during menopause.
Additionally, your chiropractor can provide massage therapy, counseling about personalized exercise plans and advice about supplements and diet. All of these things combined will help to make menopause an easier transition without negative side effects.