Chiropractic For Women’s Health
While chiropractic is commonly known for addressing issues such as neck problems or joint pain, it can also be one of the safest, most effective ways to treat female-specific problems. Fertility woes, hormone issues, and even strong menstrual cramps can be addressed through chiropractic adjustments. This may not seem like the obvious solution to some, but remember your body is an interconnected system of muscles, joints, tendons, bones and organs all run by your nervous system. When one part of your spine is out of alignment the brain to body communication is effected depriving your body of all the information it needs to properly run the whole show.
The spinal column is the primary focus of a chiropractor's work. As the central structural support for the human frame, it has a critical relationship with key organs, glands, and systems. For women, the health (balance and alignment) of the spinal column can impact the reproductive system, the nervous system, and the endocrine (hormone) system.
Let's take a closer look at some female-specific issues.
Fertility: Fertility is one of the most common issues treated by chiropractic in women ages 25-40, though it may not seem like the first treatment option that comes to mind. It's all about the spinal column's impact on the body's various systems. The spine acts as a hub for the nerves, reaching out and connecting to everything from primary reproductive organs to glands that secrete hormones. When the spine is misaligned, some or all of these can be negatively impacted, which in turn affects a woman's ability to get pregnant. Putting the spine back into proper alignment can relieve these hidden symptoms, allowing the body to function the way it was meant to.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, women's bodies undergo a number of changes ranging anywhere from uncomfortable to painful. Pelvic misalignments as the baby comes to term can create intense situations by applying pressure and stress to different areas of the hips and torso. Similarly, the added weight and shape of pregnancy can distort a woman's natural posture and back curve, creating strain on the body's entire support system. Chiropractic adjustments provide a safe and effective path to pain relief while restoring the body's structural integrity to maximize comfort during pregnancy. In addition, having a properly aligned pelvis provides an ideal passageway for the birth process. With more room for the baby to descend the birth process is often much quicker and less painful.
Menstruation/PMS: Hormone fluctuations are often the cause of menstruation-related issues, from painful cramping to emotional irritability. It's no coincidence that those experiencing severe symptoms often have back and/or neck pain - a misaligned spine can be the root cause of organ and gland dysfunction, which can ultimately create hormone fluctuations. Chiropractic care can directly treat the misaligned spine while looking at the bigger picture -- perhaps job stress is creating shoulder/neck pain leading to spinal issues or maybe a lack of flexibility/strength are pulling the spine out of alignment. These all come together to impact the way the body functions, and a chiropractor’s goal is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, thereby providing properly functioning systems so these problems disappear one by one without the need for dangerous invasive drugs or surgery.
These are just some of the common women’s health issues that Dr. Fritts treats. If you have questions about these or any other health issues, contact us through email or by phone at 415-572-7137. Fritts Family Chiropractic is conveniently located just two blocks from the Duboce Park N Line Muni stop and serves patients in San Francisco’s Haight District, as well as Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, and Outer Sunset.