Natural Remedies to Manage Menstrual Pain
It is not uncommon these days for a women to complain of period pain. But it should be! Although menstruation pain is considered normal, it’s actually an indication that something is not right in the body and usually suggests a hormone imbalance. Period pain is NOT NORMAL and should not be overlooked.
I’ve written at great length about this in the past, as it’s a topic very dear to my heart. There are numerous ways to naturally manage menstrual pain without necessarily needing to turn to drugs. Be sure to sign up to my women’s health course (below) for full tips and techniques on how to manage menstrual pain with good nutrition and diet. In the mean time I want talk about the psoas.
If you read my post on a healthy psoas for a healthy cycle, you’ll remember that it’s the stiffness in the hips that can compress the pelvic organs, contributing to abdominal discomfort. During menstruation we already have enough fluid retention, inflammation and tightness–we don’t need to be contributing to it with tight hips!
Stretching into the hips and pelvic region usually feels counterintuitive and like the last thing you want to be doing when suffering period pain. However, working gently into this area can alleviate tightness in the thighs, the groin and helps to stabilise the hips. We also begin to strengthen the pelvic floor and bladder. By stretching and opening into the pelvic region we can reduce some of the inflammation and cramping that occurs during menstruation.
Yoga poses such as Baddha Konasana (featured below) can help correct hormonal imbalances that may be the cause of excessive cramping. Pelvic stretching brings blood flow to many of the kidneys, reproductive and intestinal organs, which are involved in healthy hormone production.
Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle Pose.
I’m a woman that suffered menstrual cramps and discomfort for years. This pose basically saved my life! Ok, a little dramatic, but it saved me a LOT of discomfort.
As a yoga teacher that specialises in women’s health, I believe Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose, or also known as butterfly pose) is one of the most important poses a woman can practice. You may already feel particularly “bound”, or tight in the pelvis, but releasing through the hips will help to manage menstrual pain.
Even if you are prone to cystitis, or heavy cycles and need to exercise caution with some activities, this pose is SAFE and will be effective for you!
The only precaution is for those suffering from a prolapse or displaced uterus.
If you are particularly flexible, please take care not to overarch the lower back, which pushes the lumbar spine into the abdominal area (and may contribute to cramping and pain).
Keep the sit bones evenly seated and grounded. Bring the souls of the feet together. Interlace the fingers under the feet and sit tall, relaxing the shoulders and allowing the knees to drop naturally.
If you experience excessive tension in your hips, knees or inner thighs, this pose can also be practiced on folded blankets or lying down. Remain in the position for as long as possible, sitting comfortably with a nice steady breath.
I’d love to know how you found it. Comment below to share your experiences.