Menstrual pain and cramping effects many teenagers, young woman and many women even into adulthood. Back pain associated with menstruation is generally centered along the lower back and can be accompanied by other discomfort such as abdominal cramps, dizziness and headaches.
The causes for back pain during the menstrual cycle may include but are not limited to:
Hormonal changes and fluctuations. It is believed that the hormone prostaglandin, which is responsible for abdominal cramps during the menstruation, is also responsible for lower back aches and pains as well.
Conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease can be another cause of back pain during the menstrual cycle. It is important to note that pain associated with these conditions can often get worse with age.
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 teens to early 30s. Literature indicates that between 10-20 percent of all women experience symptoms associated with their menstrual cycle that are severe or even disabling.
However, thankfully, there are many interventions that can help including chiropractic care. Manual therapy can be used to decrease muscle spasm and cramping, and manual manipulation can help relieve pressure on the nerves leading to the uterus. Along with manual treatments we often recommend that our patients focus on eating a low inflammatory diet during the couple of days leading up to menstruation as well as make sure to get some exercise and activity. Research indicates that exercise can significantly decrease the pain and cramping associated with menstrual pain (and those positive endorphins also help with pain management).
In a study performed through the National College of Chiropractic, 88 percent of women receiving chiropractic adjustments (manual treatment) reported reduced pain during their menstrual periods compared to women not receiving chiropractic care.
As always if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our Mount Pleasant office please call 843-416-8012.