PMS

As a Chiropractor for Walnut Creek I have had the opportunity to help many women suffering from PMS. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by mood swings, swollen abdomen, headaches, back pain, food cravings, fatigue, irritability or depression in the days before a woman's monthly period. The severity of these symptoms can range from mild to incapacitating and may last from a couple of days to two weeks.

It has been estimated that three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome, and it is more likely to trouble women from their late 20s to early 40s. Between 10-20% of all women experience symptoms that are severe or even disabling.

PMS is thought to be a side effect of hormonal changes during the monthly menstrual cycle and can be made worse by stress, decreased serotonin levels in the brain and subluxations in the low back.

Although chiropractic care cannot fix the way your body responds to the hormonal changes that preceed menstruation, several studies have shown that it can help decrease many of the symptoms of PMS without the potential side effects of prescription drugs. Since the nerves that exit the low back are responsible for regulating all of the tissues in the lower abdomen, any pressure or irritation that can be alleviated through chiropractic care can be helpful. Contact your Walnut Creek Chiropractor . . . we can help!

Research

Chiropractic approach to premenstrual syndrome. Wittler NA.  Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation.  1992; (8): 22-29. 

Eleven women with histories of PMS symptoms that had occurred regularly for more than 4 months were given chiropractic spinal adjustments.  The care continued through four menstrual cycles and consisted of 5-7 spinal adjustments per month. 

The subjects were given questionnaires at the beginning and end of the care.  They evaluated changes in irritability and mood swings, tension, ineffectiveness, lack of motor coordination, mental/cognitive functioning, eating habits, variations in sexual drive and activity, overall physical symptoms, and social impairment.

The subjects reported improvement in all ten categories with the greatest improvement of symptoms relating to variations in sexual drive (70.7%), social impairment (64.5%), and mood swings (60.8%).  The overall average improvement in all symptom categories was 44.2%.

Click on Barton Family Chiropractic, Chiroractor in Concord for more research on how Chiropractic can help PMS.

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