You’re cranky, irritable, bloated, aching, craving sweets, carbs and salty snacks, and everything you see and hear makes you want to cry and scream at the same time. If men had these symptoms, they would think they were losing their minds but women know that it’s just the approach of their monthly visitor – the period. These pre-menstrual symptoms vary in extremity for each individual woman and for many the cramps and bloating can be downright unbearable.
IS PMS REAL OR IN YOUR HEAD?
Yes, this was once a valid question as medical professionals and significant others alike once thought that Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms were just excuses made up by woman to slack in their “duties”. Thankfully, we know better these days and there is proven science behind PMS symptoms.
There are actually 150 identified individual possible symptoms of PMS, the most common being cramps, bloating, irritability, breast tenderness, fatigue, stress, headaches & migraines, back pain, nausea, and weight gain. The symptoms of PMS have been linked to psychological and physiological explanations. During the week of and leading up to a woman’s menstruation, serotonin levels drop which can cause an individual to experience minor to severe mood changes such as becoming irritable or depressed. Estrogen levels increase at this time as well which can also cause irritability as well as nervousness. Increased estrogen levels leave an imbalance with progesterone leading to side effects like water retention. Thyroid function fluctuates during menstruation causing the odd food cravings that can come with your flow due to changes in blood sugar levels. This can also account for breast tenderness, fatigue, and headaches.
WHAT DOES MY SPINE HAVE TO DO WITH MY PMS SYMPTOMS?
Misalignments in the vertebrae can cause stress and interference in the central nervous system and the other body regulations; especially the misalignments are in the lumbar region of the spine (lower back). This region of the spine can affect the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems which regulate hormone levels. If the vertebrae in this area are “out of whack” then it puts the whole hormonal system out of balance.
HOW WOULD UPPER CERVICAL HELP MY LOWER BACK?
Upper cervical chiropractic care deals with the alignment, or lack thereof, of the top two vertebrae in the spine – the Atlas and the Axis. Misalignments and interference in body regulation and healing all starts at the top and affects the rest of the spine. You must correct the source of the other misalignments in order for full body healing to begin. A correction to your upper cervical area will encourage the rest of your spine to follow suit.
Multiple studies have revealed that women report reduced severity of symptoms or the elimination of some or all of their PMS symptoms after seeking upper cervical chiropractic treatment.
And the best part of it all, is that upper cervical treatments do not require any twisting, cracking, or popping of your spine, is relatively pain free, and 100% drug free.