All women will eventually go through a process called menopause and usually this often unpleasant process begins at around the age of 50. At the opposite end of the spectrum, women are also beginning to see menopausal symptoms as early as their mid 30s and 40s.
The hormonal system is one of the most delicate systems of our bodies, and is easily affected by the stresses that arise from our environment and fast paced lifestyles.
Menopause is a normal process of aging; however, with these added stresses, the symptoms are often exacerbated and prolonged unnecessarily.
Some of the symptoms of menopause include fluctuating emotions, temperature changes, changes in hunger and thirst, sleep disturbances and bone loss.
What is happening in my body?
Two major hormones associated directly with the female reproductive cycle are estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones are the ones that are drastically reduced during menopause. Decreased levels of estrogen also affects bone density and can develop into conditions such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia.
Estrogen and progesterone are stimulated by the anterior pituitary gland, which is controlled by the hypothalamus portion of your brain. The hypothalamus is often referred to as the ‘master control’ of your body, because it regulates and controls so many functions within the body. The hypothalamus receives its information from the internal organs and through the nervous system that is housed within your spine. The information received by the hypothalamus determines how much, how little, and how often to regulate these hormones.
How can Chiropractic help?
Chiropractic specifically deals with your nervous system and spine. The spine, when under stress, irritates and decreases the function of the nerves that send the signals to your hypothalamus, which as mentioned above, control the levels of estrogen and progesterone produced in your body.
Simple stressors such as sitting for long periods, preservatives in foods, or simply a stressful day at work can all contribute to spinal misalignment.
Chiropractic combined with Applied Kinesiology can assist in removing the interference to your nervous system and once the interference has been removed, your hormonal system can begin to function properly.
Other forms of relief
In addition to Chiropractic, exercise can be very helpful in maintaining a balanced hormonal system. Women of all ages should, as a minimum, engage in some form of light or gentle exercise. Activities such as swimming, walking or yoga will help to regulate your central nervous system.
Specifically, yoga practice will stimulate and put motion into your spine and joints, as well as encompass the cerebral affects of breathing. Weight bearing activities and light weights, done properly, will help fight the inclination for bone loss associated with menopause.
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