Yoga poses and other tips for menstrual pain relief
All women at some stage have been struck down by menstrual pain. Pain is never pretty, but menstrual pain is often accompanied by fatigue, both mental and physical.
So what can you do to help prevent these cramps beforehand and at the time of pain?
- Reduce your intake of products containing dairy – I am unsure why this works – but it definitely does for me! Yes... chocolate is included i this!
- Drink as much water as possible, the more water the better your digestion works along with everything else in your body.
- Research suggests that getting 1200 milligrams of calcium a day can lessen many menstrual symptoms, including cramps. It is best to take calcium with vitamin D to increase absorption – but refer to point 1, take up until the night before you are expecting
- Accupressure / Accupucture can definitely help! Using your thumb and forefinger, apply firm pressure to the webbing between your first and second toe for 1 minute, repeat on the other foot.
- Teas made with the herb Dong Quai ca also help as it helps to relax the uterine muscles and improve bloody flow.
- Practice yoga and find yoga classes specifically focusing on helping womens organs stretch and relax. Here’s a great video to get you started: Yoga poses for women
But often even with following all of these tips at the end of a stressful month, menstruation ca often bring out the stress and anxiety of life. When this happens gynaecologists suggest taking ibuprofen as it blocks the production of the bodies chemicals that cause uterine contractions. No contractions, no pain - phew!
For more about yoga and keeping active see: Yoga versus Pilates