How Chiropractic Care Can Ease Menopausal Symptoms

If you are a woman who is going through menopause, then you may be struggling with a myriad of intrusive symptoms. Unfortunately, menopausal symptoms can last for years or, for some women, a lifetime.

One of the most common treatments for menopause relief is hormone replacement therapy; however, it can cause dangerous side effects. Fortunately, there are other treatments such as chiropractic care that can ease menopausal symptoms safely and without side effects. Here are some menopausal annoyances that may improve after chiropractic treatment:

Muscle And Bone Pain

Menopause causes a sharp decline in the hormone estrogen. Women depend on estrogen to support bone and joint health, so when it declines, degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis can develop. Osteoporosis can cause severe upper back and spinal pain, hip pain, and knee weakness, and it may raise the risk for fractures.

Osteoporosis causes the bones to become weak and thin, and because of this, mobility and range of motion may be diminished. Your chiropractor can perform an adjustment on your spine to help ease pain, promote circulation, and ease muscle spasms. 

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common complaints of menopausal women. They can cause profuse sweating, dizziness, weakness, and light-headedness and may rob you of a good night's sleep. Hot flashes and night sweats are known as vasomotor symptoms, and in some cases, heart palpitations and fainting can accompany them. A chiropractic massage can help ease anxiety, which is thought to be a risk factor for hot flashes and night sweats in some women.

Chiropractic massage also helps promote the release of endorphins, also known as "feel good" chemicals, into the bloodstream. This will help you enjoy hours of uninterrupted sleep and may prevent early morning waking, which is common in menopausal women. Because massage may have a positive effect on vasomotor responses, you may have fewer episodes of hot flashes. 

If you are struggling with menopausal symptoms, get a complete checkup from your primary care physician. Then, make an appointment with your chiropractor to learn more about spinal adjustments, manipulation, and massage. These alternative treatment options are considered very safe and are well-tolerated by almost all women.

Conversely, hormone replacement therapy may be an unsafe treatment option for menopausal symptoms because it may raise the risk for certain gynecological cancers. This risk may be greater in women who have had gynecological cancer in the past or who have family histories of breast, uterine, or endometrial cancer.

Reach out to a chiropractor to learn more.