Posted by Dynamic Physiotherapy
Menstrual cramps are a serious issue for many women. In some cases, the pain associated with the menstrual cycle can be debilitating. There are many factors that contribute to cramps, and understanding these factors can provide you with the relief you need.
More women are turning to physiotherapy to help ease menstrual cramps. Physiotherapy provides a number of solutions that minimize and eliminate many of the pain-related symptoms that women experience each month.
Understanding Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps occur as a result of the monthly cycle the female reproductive system goes through. When the eggs that are released by the ovaries each month aren’t fertilized, the body sheds the lining of the endometrium, which is the inner membrane of the uterus.
The body releases prostaglandins during this process, which stimulate the contraction of the smooth muscles of the uterus. The contractions of the muscles are what create the menstrual flow and help remove the tissues of the endometrium.
Muscle cramping typically occurs just before menstruation begins and is felt in areas such as the lower back, abdomen, and hips. These cramps may vary in intensity and can be dull or sharp. Cramps can occur intermittently or on a continuous basis, and their intensity has been linked to the level of leukotrienes and prostaglandins that are present during this process.
Minimizing Menstrual Cramp Discomfort
There are a number of ways to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps. Many women benefit from the use of stretching techniques that target the low-back and abdominal muscles. In addition, contract-and-relax techniques can be used to increase blood flow to muscles and help reduce tension.
A skilled physiotherapist may provide advanced strategies that lead to menstrual cramp relief. You can do exercises that target the muscles of the pelvic floor while improving your posture and joint alignment.
Physiotherapists also use breathing exercises to reduce the pain of menstrual cramps, along with treating any existing trigger points and mobilizing the internal organs through gently applied manual therapy techniques.
Your physiotherapist can recommend exercises that promote the reduction of pain associated with menstrual cramps. This works through the function of endorphins, which are released during exercise.
Endorphins have pain-relieving effects and have been shown to increase your sense of wellness and elevate your energy and mood. Aerobic exercise and resistance training can be used to benefit from the release of endorphins and reduce the discomfort associated with your menstrual cycle.
Exercise, stretching, and physiotherapy techniques help ease menstrual cramps. Your physiotherapist can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best approach for the unique needs of your body. By understanding the physiological processes that occur during menstruation and implementing the strategies described above, you’ll be able to improve your well-being without any disruptions to your daily life.