About 80% of women report having experienced PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, irritability and mood swings. Sometimes these symptoms are minor and easily manageable, and other times they can make life pretty miserable. Massage therapy can help alleviate many of these symptoms and reduce the impact of PMS on your daily life. Here are some common PMS symptoms that benefit most from massage therapy.
Bloating and Water Retention
One of the main PMS symptoms is bloating before and during that time of the month. Massage therapy can help relieve the bloat and water retention by increasing the circulation and helping with lymphatic drainage. This allows the body to regain its natural water balance faster and reduce the puffy, bloating feeling.
Irritability and Mood Swings
PMS is well known for causing mood swings and making even the happiest women feel depressed. The hormonal changes during PMS can have a negative impact on stress and tension levels, making it difficult to maintain a positive attitude during this time of the month. Massage is widely sought out for it’s immediate relaxation and tension release, helping take the edge off those tense hormonal emotions.
Massage is excellent for relieving sore, cramped muscles—one of the most common reasons people seek massage therapy. This is also true of interior muscles, not just skeletal muscles. Having a relaxing, soothing massage can help relieve menstrual cramps and release those natural endorphins that reduce pain in the body and improve mood.
It’s also quite common to feel sore and tense in your lower back during that time of the month. This pain might feel skeletal but it is actually muscular. The hormones released to cause uterine contraction can affect the lower back muscles which massage therapy can help to relieve.
Planning Your Massage
If you suffer from PMS every month, don’t wait until the symptoms overwhelm you to schedule your massage. Monitor your symptoms and schedule your massage for your next cycle to combat these symptoms before they begin to interfere with your life. Make it part of your monthly routine to help you reduce the impact of this frustrating condition on your life.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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