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MASSAGE AND PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME
Massage is an excellent treatment for relieving the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Massage therapists use diverse methods with similar results. Among the more applied techniques are acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy accompanied essential oils and a combination of Swedish massage with neuromuscular therapy; but the most effective massage vary according to the preferences of each person. Some physicians also recommend yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation/meditation therapies.
PMS is a set of physical and emotional symptoms (not a disease) related to a woman's menstrual cycle. The majority of women experience the symptoms that may include: breast swelling and tenderness, stomach disorders, headaches, joint or muscle aches, changes in the appetite, sensation of tension, irritability, mood swings or crying spells, fatigue and anxiety. The symptoms appear in week before the period and once it begins, PMS habitually vanish. However, PMS is different in each woman. Some women may be more sensitive to hormone level fluctuations; hence their symptoms are worse and may continue even after the flow has begun.
The exact source of PMS is not known, but stress and fluid retention that occurs during the menses seem to aggravate the discomfort. Many women respond very well to massage therapy. Massage can redress the flow changes triggered by hormone production that lead to retention and bloated feeling. Massage also promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage, restoring the body's natural balance.
Some lifestyle changes may also reduce the symptoms, like limit intake of alcohol and caffeine the week before the period, and be regular in the daily routine. These advices could prevent drastic hormonal changes that worsen the symptoms. Ingesting analgesics are also helpful to control the aches.
PMS massage doesn't require to be performed by a professional, because the discomfort is temporary and slight. However, there is a severe form named Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) that needs a medical treatment, but it is very uncommon.
Massages coupled with exercise are also very helpful treating the effects of Menopause that may cause local bone loss, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis. Well-developed therapies limit these tendencies and help the body to feel better.