In todays fast paced world women are continuously tapping into the plethora of resources available to them to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, chiropractic care has long been supporting women on their journey of wellbeing. With a strong understanding of the female anatomy chiropractors have something to offer women at every stage of life; from athletic youth dealing with injuries, to expecting mothers suffering from low back and pelvis pain, to aging women trying to maintain independence. Women are now more than ever seeking expert chiropractic care to help reduce, prevent, and manage the aches and pains of everyday life, as well as to help maintain strong and healthy bones, muscles, joints and nervous systems, and for nutritional and fitness guidance and lifestyle counselling.
One group of women that chiropractic care has been rather impactful in caring for has been expecting mothers. The female body undergoes many changes while it prepares for the beautiful experience of childbirth. Chiropractic care helps mothers by making the process a more comfortable one; soon to be mothers often experience an increase in pressure and discomfort on their pelvis, increased low back pains due to their growing stomach size and even nerve pain in the upper and lower limbs. Safe and effective chiropractic care helps to relieve the stress load on joints of the pelvis, strengthen the core muscles to withstand changes in the abdomen and relieve pressure on nerves that are causing pain and sensation changes. Through safe non-invasive care, chiropractors help expecting mothers improve their comfort levels throughout their pregnancy, treatments can include gentle spinals adjustments and mobilizations to improve movement of the joints in the spine and pelvis, soft tissue therapy to release tension in tight muscles, and safe guided exercise advice to maintain the health of mother and child. Post pregnancy chiropractic care can be effective in treating residual low back pain and re-strengthening areas of the body have become weakened through the childbearing process.
Another common reason that many females are seeking out chiropractic care is to help alleviate the pain that comes from their monthly menstrual cycle. Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for the painful cramps that often occur immediately before or during the menstrual period. Approximately 7 out of 10 women report having cramping during their menstrual cycle, which occurs due to an increase in the hormone that promotes uterine contraction. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care is effective in providing relief from monthly menstrual pain. Treatments often combine spinal and pelvis adjustments and mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, as well as exercise to help provide women with monthly relief.
Aging is a natural process and a process that results in a different set of needs for the female body. Chiropractic care promotes healthy aging by helping patients maintain physical, mental, and social wellbeing and function, as well as helping to prevent and minimize the risk of disease. Chiropractic care benefits the aging women by providing relief from common degenerative musculoskeletal conditions, promoting regular physical activity, and helping to maintain an overall sense of independence. Not only does chiropractic care help in the management of conditions like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and degenerative disc disease, it also aids in the prevention of these conditions by helping to maintain joint mobility, preserving functional body movements, maintaining good balance and decreasing fall risks, and increasing muscles and bone strength. Through hands on manual therapy, physical activity, and lifestyle counselling chiropractors aim to improve the quality of life and help women age healthy while maintaining independence.
During their intensive education including courses on anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurology, psychology and nutrition to name a few; chiropractors are equipped with the knowledge needed to provide advice and counselling on many topics of health and wellness including stress management, nutrition, and fitness. Their strong understanding of the female body, the neuromusculoskeletal system, and their personalized and undivided interaction with patients encourage women to feel comfortable when seeking guidance on remaining active, pain free, and leading a healthy lifestyle.