Menopause is a natural process in any woman’s life. As the fertile period ends, the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones decreases significantly. During this transition period, most women experience unpleasant side effects and symptoms. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of chiropractic care for menopause.
What Happens to Your Body During Menopause?
When your childbearing years are over, around the age of 50, the ovaries stop producing and releasing eggs. At the same time, the lining of the uterus will no longer be prepared to nurture an embryo – hence the end of the period. All these processes are regulated by the feminine hormones: estrogen and progesterone. In turn, their production and release in the body are controlled by a small gland at the base of the brain called the hypothalamus. This small organ, no bigger than a pea, regulates the production of most hormones in our bodies, including those secreted by the pituitary gland and the thyroid gland. When a woman reaches late middle age, the hypothalamus signals the reduction of estrogen and progesterone, triggering menopause.
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What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Statistical data indicate that in the US, women experience the following negative side effects during menopause:
• 75%-80% hot flashes
• 60% poor sleep
• Mood swings
• Weight gain.
These symptoms can disrupt the life of an active woman and reduce her overall enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, the only therapy provided by allopathic medicine, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is neither fully successful nor safe. Many women complain of negative side effects after starting this therapy. Moreover, several studies indicate that HRT may predispose some women to develop breast cancer.
Why Should You Choose Chiropractic Care for Menopause?
It is understandable that you want to avoid therapies that will pose a risk to your life, but you do not want to live with the unpleasant side effects of the transition. This is why chiropractic care for menopause is the best choice for you. Here are some aspects to consider:
1. Chiropractic Care for Menopause Is Safe
Chiropractic is the least invasive form of healthcare. It does not involve pills, injections, or surgery. The chiropractor will adjust your joints, especially the spine, using their hands and specialized chiropractic tables. There are very few and extremely specific contraindications to chiropractic treatment. In any case, before starting the therapy, the chiropractor will make a complete evaluation of a new patient and assess whether they may not be allowed to receive this type of treatment.
2. Solving Spinal Misalignments May Improve the Function of the Hypothalamus
Some women suffer severe menopause symptoms because they have small misalignments in their vertebrae. It is not something you can see or feel – even a fraction of a millimeter is enough to prevent the nervous system from working properly. Chiropractic care for menopause relies on spinal adjustments to resolve these misalignments and improve the function of the hypothalamus. Patients experience relief from the unpleasant symptoms after a few sessions.
3. Massages Help Boost the Mood
Our chiropractors are trained in various massage techniques. These techniques have various purposes: relaxing muscles, improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, etc. The specific massage technique used for menopause symptoms helps patients relax and enjoy a mood boost.
By stimulating the release of endorphins (the so-called happiness hormones), chiropractic massages reverse the negative impact of menopause on the patient’s mind and body.
4. Receive Personalized Advice for Changing Your Lifestyle
Menopause is a big change for any woman and it should be accompanied by changes in your lifestyle, particularly:
• Your diet
• Your physical activity
• Your habits.
The chiropractor will advise you on making the best choices so you can enjoy your golden years in a healthy and fit body and with a positive mindset.
Chiropractic care for menopause is the right choice if you are looking for a safe and effective way of managing this transition period. Call our clinic to book an evaluation appointment with one of our doctors!