Holistic Methods Of Treating Menstrual Pain Pt 1
Menstrual pain including the cramps and other types of discomfort it brings along with it is no fun at all. Also
referred to as dysmenorrhea, cramps are often similar to a dull, throbbing pain that makes itself known in the
lower part of the abdomen before and during the monthly menstrual periods.
Some women experience pain at the lower part of the back or the thigh area. Some women suffer more discomfort
than do others. Many women dont know this but menstrual cramps are broken down into two different categories- there
is primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea.
Primary dysmenorrhea is the type that most women do not escape throughout their many years of periods. This type
generally gets its start a few years after the menstrual cycle kicks into gear and is related to hormone-like
substances that are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are substances that are naturally produced by the body
and they are believed to be to blame for the pain and inflammation and sometimes even fainting and nausea that
accompany the monthly menstrual period.
Primary dysmenorrhea is in no way connected to any type of physical dysfunction in the body. Secondary
dysmenorrhea on the other hand is the sign of a problem and should be checked out immediately. Secondary
dysmenorrhea always has a physical cause underlying it. Some of the most common causes include uterine fibroids or
uterine polyps, endometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
If you suffer from menstrual cramps, whether they be mild to moderate to severe then it is important to schedule
an appointment with your doctor for a check up so that the source of the problem can be properly diagnosed. If you
are diagnosed with regular menstrual cramps (or primary dysmenorrhea) then simply taking an ibuprofen and getting
extra rest should help.
Exercise is also recommended as a method of alleviating the pain associated with monthly menstruation. It is
wise to cut back significantly on your intake of caffeine as you near that time of the month.
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Aromatherapy HolisticOnce a European tradition, acupuncture has found its way into the Western world and is becoming more and more popular and sought after all of the time. One of the biggest selling points of acupuncture is that it has very few side effects, as long as a qualified professional in the field does it. Deep Breathing and the Release of Pain So many health problems result from stress and stress can be relieved in an easy and inexpensive manner, which is to say by way of deep breathing techniques. There are two kinds of breathing, which is chest breathing and diaphragm breathing. The diaphragm is a muscle that is located in the lower abdominal area and is instrumental in helping to relieve stress through proper breathing methods. pain therapy
There are a variety of holistic and alternative methods that can help to relieve the pain and
discomfort that is often par for the course when it comes to menstrual periods for women. A number of studies have
shown a positive correlation between increasing ones intake of omega-3 fatty acids in terms of fish oil and a
reduction in menstrual cramps. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in plentiful supply in fish such as salmon, sardines,
anchovies and mackerel.
If you are not a fish lover then do not despair, you can still get your share of the healthy
omega-3 fatty acids by way of fish oil capsules which can be purchased at most health food stores and grocery
stores as well as drugstores in the alternative food section of the store.
Having the right mattress can help you avoid back and joint pains, along with
neck and shoulder stiffness. Don't forget, you spend about one third of your life in bed, don't be
cheap when it comes to your mattress.
Be aware that fish do contain a certain amount of mercury and pollutants such as PCBs so there are instances
where it is possible to overdo a good thing. In this case capsules might be preferable as all of the impurities and
pollutants are taken out of the product before it reaches the stores for consumers to purchase. Always look for the
active ingredients EPA and DHA when it comes to fish oil capsules.