The benefits of chiropractic care can help anyone, no matter their gender. That being said, women, specifically, might benefit from regular chiropractic care to promote overall health and wellness. This is especially true from pain management and hormonal fluctuation perspectives.
In what ways can regular chiropractic treatment provide relief, pain management and overall improved health and wellness? This article discusses a few of the benefits of chiropractic care for women’s health.
Does chiropractic care improve women’s health?
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, it’s reported chronic pain impacts a higher proportion of women than men worldwide. Further, women generally experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain and longer lasting pain than men. Beyond that, women are more likely to experience symptoms from other conditions, like autoimmune diseases due to consistent hormonal changes and osteoporosis as a result of menopause’s impact on estrogen.
Regular chiropractic adjustments, treatment and care can provide the support women need to combat symptoms associated with aging, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances and other conditions.
Three ways regular chiropractic care can improve women’s health and wellness
1. Relief from PMS or menopause symptoms
It’s estimated 3 out of 4 women in the U.S. experience symptoms of PMS, such as joint or muscle pain, headache, fatigue and beyond. Similarly, research shows more than half of people going through menopause report a form of joint pain. Further, cramps, pelvic pain and back pain are common in both PMS and menopause.
Proper alignment of the pelvis and spine can help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with these hormonal fluctuations during menstrual cycles or menopause. Additionally, just before a woman starts her period, her body experiences peak production of the protein hormone relaxin. Relaxin, which activates matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), can degrade collagen and gelatin in areas of the body, leaving women more prone to musculoskeletal injuries.
Spinal manipulation and regular chiropractic treatment can help minimize the risk of injury and correct injuries as a result of this.
2. Support for comfortable pregnancies
During pregnancy, the spine and pelvis often become misaligned due to the changing of a woman’s body. As such, prenatal chiropractic care can help patients experience a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
Proper pelvic alignment and regular prenatal chiropractic care can help to:
- Prompt better birthing position for the baby
- Create a more comfortable birthing experience for the mother
- Reduce back and pelvic pain
- Support urinary continence
- Improve sleep
- Ensure proper blood flow and nerve function
3. Reduction of 0steoporosis symptoms
It’s estimated that of the 10 million people in the U.S. with osteoporosis, about eight million (80%) are women. Estrogen levels are responsible for maintaining bone structure. As these levels decrease during menopause, women are left with a greater risk of developing osteoporosis or losing bone mass.
Chiropractic care can help mitigate some of the symptoms of this condition, alleviate pain and discomfort caused by osteoporosis and even improve joint mobility and range of motion.
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