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Menopause and Low Back Pain

| By Dr Alexandra Byers (Chiropractor)

 

Did you know that 80% of women of menopausal age suffer back and other joint pain, including, but not limited to: neck pain, headaches, mid back, wrist, elbow, knee and ankle pain. This pain is associated with the hormonal changes of menopause where the ovaries will stop producing estrogen and progesterone.

Common over the counter medication has shown to have a negative effect on pain. Women who took analgesics (opioids) actually reported worse pain scores, higher BMI and were more likely to be depressed.

So what is the best way to treat menopausal joint pain?

Chiropractic is a safe, non-drug type form of pain relief therapy that has shown to be especially effective for these symptoms. Combining chiropractic care with a healthy diet and exercise routine has shown to be the most effective strategy for treating low back and other joint pain.

Your Chiropractor can prescribe a treatment plan that includes advice and resources for diet and exercise to best combat menopausal pain and symptoms naturally!

To get rid of your pain and live a better life – Book in with a Chiropractor today!

Dr Alexandra Byers (Chiropractor)

 

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