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How Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve PMS Symptoms

Published Date: 
March 20, 2023
A woman is experiencing pms pain and hunching over on a couch clutching her abdomen.

Chiropractic care is a whole-body wellness treatment that can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS including back pain and headaches.

Chiropractic Care for PMS Relief

Chiropractic care for PMS relief is a natural, non-invasive approach that can have long-term benefits when managing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. This care focuses on restoring balance to the body's nervous system and improving overall health. With regular adjustments, women may find relief from the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS, such as abdominal cramping, bloating, fatigue, irritability, headaches, mood swings, and depression.

Understanding PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that occur in the days leading up to the onset of menstruation. PMS affects up to 70 percent of women before menopause, ranging from mild to severe. In some cases, PMS can interfere with a woman's daily activities and quality of life.

Common symptoms include irritability, bloating, fatigue, food cravings, breast tenderness, and mood swings. Additionally, some women experience:

PMS & Back Pain

During the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the time between ovulation and the onset of menstruation), levels of both estrogen and progesterone increase. As progesterone levels rise, it can cause the muscles in the uterus to relax and contract, resulting in spasms or painful cramps. This same process can also occur in other muscles of the body, such as those in the back, leading to painful sensations. 

In addition to hormones, stress is thought to be a contributing factor for some women. This may be due to the emotional effects of PMS or the physical effects associated with increased muscle tension, leading to back pain.

PMS & Neck Pain

Various factors, including hormonal imbalances, stress, and physical changes, cause PMS-related neck pain. Hormonal changes can cause muscles to tense up, leading to discomfort in the neck and shoulders. Stress can lead to increased tension in the neck area, as well as headaches. Physical changes such as weight gain and fluid retention can also lead to muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. In addition, certain medications used to treat PMS symptoms may cause neck pain.

PMS & Headaches

A woman is suffering from headaches and other PMS symptoms.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a set of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms that typically occur 5-10 days before menstruation. Headaches are one of the most common PMS symptoms experienced by women. The exact cause of PMS headaches is still unknown; however, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone may play a role. 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Manage PMS Symptoms

There are several ways chiropractic treatments can help you manage PMS symptoms. For example:

Improving the Central Nervous System 

Chiropractic care is an effective form of treatment and prevention for improving the health of the central nervous system. By manipulating the spine, chiropractors can reduce tension on the nerves, reducing pain and inflammation throughout the body. 

Additionally, by restoring proper alignment to spinal joints, chiropractors can help improve the communication between the brain and other body parts. This improved nerve signaling is essential for optimal health, as it helps control everything from digestion to movement. Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can also improve stress levels by reducing tension in muscle tissue, lowering cortisol production, and improving circulation.

A woman is getting chiropractic care to alleviate PMS symptoms.

Relieve Premenstrual Cycle Symptoms

Chiropractic care can help relieve various premenstrual cycle symptoms, including abdominal cramps, bloating, irritability, headaches, fatigue, and breast tenderness. By addressing any underlying nerve interference in the spine caused by subluxations or misalignments, chiropractic care can improve hormonal balance and reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. 

Additionally, chiropractic care restores normal function and mobility in the spine and joints, which can reduce pain and cramping associated with PMS and painful periods.

Finally, chiropractic care can improve circulation and reduce inflammation throughout the body, which can help provide relief from many of the discomforts of premenstrual cycle symptoms.


Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for PMS relief and can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, such as medications or herbal remedies. If you are experiencing debilitating PMS symptoms, talk to your chiropractor about how this natural approach could provide the relief you need. With regular adjustments and lifestyle modifications, you may feel more balanced and in better control of your body during that time of the month.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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