Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for painful menstrual cramps, and although it is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain, it can severely impact a patients' quality of life.
According to the American Family Physician, primary dysmenorrhea is menstrual pain in the absence of pelvic pathology, or disease. Abnormal uterine bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, noncyclic pain, changes in intensity and duration of pain, and abnormal pelvic examination findings suggest underlying pathology (secondary dysmenorrhea) and require further investigation.
Chiropractic can help! Several studies have shown that menstrual pain can be reduced using spinal adjustments. 2 different studies (1979 and 1992) demonstrated that women received significant reduction in symptoms of discomfort immediately following adjustments.
Blood tests also showed a decrease in levels of prostaglandins (hormonal substances that cause cramping and muscle spasms). Meanwhile, the control groups (receiving sham adjustments) experienced little or no pain relief.
If you or someone you know suffers with dysmenorrhea, schedule your spinal evaluation with your local Kennesaw chiropractor today!
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Kokjohn, J., D.M. Schmid, J.J. Triano, and P.C. Brennan. 1992. The effect of spinal manipulation on pain and prostaglandin levels in women with primary dysmenorrhea. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 15(5): 279-85.
Thomason, P.R., B.L. Fisher, et al. 1979. Effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy in treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2:140-145.