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Hormones and Their Role In Tension Headaches, Joint Pains and Teeth Destruction

Hormones and Their Role In Tension Headaches, Joint Pains and Teeth Destruction

Do you feel blue, easily irritated, have unpredictable moods, get easily upset over little things, anxious, headachy, migrainous, swollen and bloated, have tender breasts and tired on certain days when you just can’t get enough sleep? These are the most common signs of premenstrual syndrome.  Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder is a more severe form of PMS. 

As women, we are affected by the rise and fall of our hormones throughout our menstrual cycle.  We are also affected by our hormones across our lifespan.  Estrogen rises in puberty and during pregnancy, it then falls during post-partum and perimenopause and then becomes low in menopause.

The "power duo" Stress and PMS, will hijack your nervous system.  Hormonal changes and chronic stress will affect how the chemical messengers in the brain work.  Chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters that deeply interact with our hormones.  Serotonin and dopamine are  chemical neurotransmitters providing a sense of pleasure, happiness and good sense of well being.  It is  altered with chronic stress.  Such impairment makes a woman more sensitive to hormonal fluctuations. 

When we don’t feel good, we can develop a state of hyperventilation, our sleep is affected and our energy levels significantly drop.  We react by going into survival mode, we tense up and clench as if we are always gearing up for battle everyday.  Clenching or bruxism in response to psychological challenges and sensitivity to hormonal changes have dire consequences.  It can lead to headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, spinal and joint pains, postural imbalances and broken teeth.

Seville PT understands the craniomandibular, spine and joint challenges a woman goes through when having PMS and chronic stress.  We use a craniosacral, osteopathic, myofunctional, respiratory and  postural restoration approach to this seemingly interwoven complex situation along with working closely with an airway minded dentist and a functional medicine practitioner. 

References:

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Wieckiewicz M, Paradowska-Stolarz A, Wieckiewicz W. Psychosocial aspects of bruxism: the most paramount factor influencing teeth grinding. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:469187. doi: 10.1155/2014/469187. Epub 2014 Jul 13. PMID: 25101282; PMCID: PMC4119714.