It is believed that three (3) out of four (4) women in the United States suffer from PMS—that is 85% of American women of childbearing age, between 20-40 years old. Some women ormoneave debilitating symptoms that are so severe, they cannot function from day to day. PMS symptoms can get worse as a woman ages.
What is PMS and what are its symptoms?
A set of symptoms linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle is called Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). They occur in women who are menstruating upwards of two weeks before a cycle. PMS usually ends just when a woman begins bleeding or after her cycle ends. Women usually complain about mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. Other symptoms may include constipation or diarrhea, acne flare-ups, abdominal bloating, weight gain, headaches or migraines, joint pain, anxiety, crying spells, insomnia, and poor concentration.
What causes PMS?
Several conditions may cause PMS. The first might be hormone fluctuations; this usually stops when women becomes pregnant or begins going through menopause. Fluctuations of serotonin, a chemical (neurotransmitter) in the brain will also have an effect. This is directly related to mood swings. Insufficient serotonin causes depression. Stress can also cause PMS issues.
There are certain lifestyle practices that are also said to contribute to PMS, such as low levels of mineral and vitamin intake. In addition, caffeine and alcohol affect energy and mood levels and therefore will escalate PMS symptoms. Finally, women may experience bloating, especially if they are consuming high levels of salt. This causes water retention.
How PMS is usually diagnosed and treated
Every woman is unique and will react differently to various treatments. What might work for one woman one month, might not work the next. Women have to experiment with different treatments and observe which ones work more frequently. Doctors usually recommend alternative therapies like chiropractic care, natural supplements, or various lifestyle changes. Frequent exercise is also recommended. Eating more fruits and vegetables, getting sufficient sleep and excluding things like smoking, caffeine, alcohol and salt from your diet will also help.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat PMS?
Not all PMS sufferers experience this ailment on the same level; some suffer severe pain and disabling symptoms, while others have a mild case. Dr. Holly Clemens recognizes PMS as a real medical condition that can benefit from chiropractic care. She meets with women regularly who benefit from her techniques and leave feeling better.
If you would like help to reduce the symptoms of PMS, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center and find out how Dr. Holly can help you! Call us at 980.422.2000 to book an in-person consultation, complete with an initial exam and X-rays. (Mention this website to receive a discount on your first visit.)
During your initial consultation, Dr. Holly will perform a comprehensive physical evaluation to determine what nervous system abnormalities and lifestyle habits may be contributing to severe PMS. Our family-centered practice is designed to make you feel comfortable and at-home. But if you’re still on the fence about seeing a chiropractor, or are not sure about alternative treatments, fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minut phone consultation. Dr. Holly is happy to answer all of your questions about chiropractic treatment right over the phone.
Remember, not all Charlotte chiropractors are created equal. Dr. Holly’s unique care includes a holistic, comprehensive plan – complete with lifestyle recommendations and regular spinal adjustments – to get you on track to better health. But don’t take our word for it. Book an appointment, and let us show you why she’s one of the best chiropractors Charlotte NC has to offer!