Menopause affects every woman differently and occurs typically when women reach between ages 45 to 50. This is a normal condition experienced after a woman stops menstruating for one year and it can be quite frustrating to go through. To understand it, we will have menopause explained in each stage along, what are menopause symptoms for each stage and how a chiropractic treatment for menopause symptoms can help.
One year after a woman has her last menstrual cycle, menopause appears. Some women will not have trouble with menopause symptoms, but for others it can come with all kinds. The menopause transition will usually last for about 7 years, but can last as long as 14. During menopause, a woman’s bones become less dense and the woman is more vulnerable to fractures. The body during menopause will use the body’s energy differently, too: Fat cells will change and women may gain weight more easily.
What are Menopause Symptoms?
There are different symptoms of menopause depending on the stage a woman is at. In this article, we will be going over pre menopause symptoms (also known as perimenopause), menopause symptoms/side effects of menopause symptoms and post menopause symptoms.
Pre Menopause Symptoms
Pre menopause symptoms occur before menopause and sometimes referred to as the stage between a woman’s first and last period. Therefore, pre menopause is sometimes used in place of perimenopause and vice versa, as they are similar terms. Pre menopause commonly occurs 3 to 4 years before a woman enters the menopause stage, but it can occur as early as 10 years before; so even though pre menopause usually occurs in a woman’s 40’s, it is possible for her to experience pre menopause in her 30’s.
During this pre menopause stage, a woman’s ovaries will start reducing amounts of estrogen they produce. The woman will then stop releasing eggs followed by an end to having periods. Even though a woman is in this pre menopause stage, she can still become pregnant.
Pre menopause symptoms include irregular periods, hot flashes, cold flashes, sleep problems, mood swings, vaginal dryness, bladder problems, changes in sexual function, back pain and abdominal bloating. Other symptoms some women might experience could include breast tenderness, worsening premenstrual syndrome, headaches, racing heart, muscle and joint pain, focus and memory issues, hair loss or thinning, weight gain and dry skin, eyes, or mouth.
When a woman has not had her period for an entire year, she will enter the menopause stage. This is when the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen. Menopause symptoms and side effects of menopause symptoms include insomnia/sleep disturbances, mood swings, weight gain, poor memory, irritability, difficulty focusing, headaches, fatigue and/or daytime sleepiness, irregular menses, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness pain during intercourse, low libido, bladder problems and hair loss or growth on face.
Post Menopause Symptoms
Post menopause occurs after menopause. During this stage, the ovaries will begin to shut down and the woman’s energy may increase as her past symptoms will gradually decrease. However, women will have an increased risk in a number of health conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease.
Treatment for Pre Menopause, Menopause and Post Menopause Symptoms
The neck spine role in menopause is very important as the cervical region (at the top of the neck) and the positioning of the spine helps significantly battle against a lot of frustrating symptoms in all stages of menopause. When it comes to headaches, fatigue, poor memory, mood swings or other symptoms that affect the upper cervical region, a correctly positioned neck can make all the difference and either decrease or take these issues away completely.
Why? Because this affects your nerve functions. Menopause symptoms are likely increased if a neck or spine is dislocated, pinching nerves and interrupting your body’s natural function to provide what it needs to help itself overcome these symptoms.
Having a corrected spine can help with the abdominal pain, irregular periods, dryness and other symptoms relating to the pre menopause and menopause symptoms that are mostly due to the regions below the neck. In addition, when a woman goes through post menopause symptoms where all other symptoms begin to decrease and her energy levels rise, having a good spine and neck position will encourage the body to reach its full advantage of recovering.
A chiropractic treatment for menopause symptoms is very helpful as a woman goes through each menopause stage and is a great drug-free alternative. In these treatments, chiropractors look at the body to correcting causes of these symptoms to help provide relief while medications hide symptoms for a limited time.
This is very important to consider as according to a 2014 study conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine published in the journal Menopause (published 2015), it is said menopause symptoms affect the work productivity and increase health care costs of approximately 500,000 women in the U.S. During the 12 month study, the costs for additional health care services totaled $339,559,458 while cost of lost work was $27,668,410. (Philip, 2015)
Another treatment used for menopause symptoms instead of medication is hormone therapy, which can lead a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots in women. It is for this reason many have stopped using this treatment.
As for chiropractic adjustments, these are completely safe and will not come with a hefty list of dangerous side effects. Adjustments are there to ensure the body can reach its full potential and will not work against the body by causing more harm.
How does a Chiropractic Treatment for Menopause Work?
Chiropractors focus on the spine and nerve system, so if someone is having painful or irritating symptoms from menopause, chiropractors are known to find out where in the system it’s coming from. Spine misalignments interfere with the functioning of the hypothalamus (the master control of the most important body functions) which will affect sleep patterns, production of hormones, metabolism, body temperature, hunger, emotional responses and more.
Because of this, the neck spine role in menopause should not be looked over as having a corrected neck and spine during these stages can make all the difference.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gentle and they help reduce and eliminate these subluxations in the spine so the communication of the body’s system can work at its full potential. A woman going through menopause with a spine or neck that is completely out of place is likely to have menopause symptoms much worse than a woman who has a corrected system.
If a woman goes through chiropractic treatments for their menopause symptoms along with good exercise and nutrition, they can have a much easier time going through menopause.
Philip, M. e. (2015, March). Incremental Direct and Indirect Costs of Untreated Vasomotor Symptoms. Menopause, 22, 206 – 266. Retrieved from https://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Citation/2015/03000/Incremental_direct_and_indirect_costs_of_untreated.5.aspx