Q: I suffer from severe menstrual cramps – are there any practical and natural ways of reducing these? I hate having to take painkillers every month? A simple yet helpful osteopathic exercise to reduce cramps is to lie flat on your back with a large book under your sacrum. To increase the pressure on your sacrum, bring your knees up to your chest, hugging them tightly. Another exercise to try: While kneeling, rest your chest and head down on the floor with your forehead resting on the back of your hands, and your arms crossed. This, along with the pull of gravity, will help the abdominal contents to move out of the pelvis, thus helping the decongestion of the uterus. You should do this exercise for 5 to 10 minutes before retiring at night to obtain a maximal decongestive effect.
Thirdly, you could try placing a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel over the front of your pelvis and simultaneously placing a hot water bottle on your lower back. This classical osteopathic exercise is an effective natural remedy.
If your menstrual cramps persist, consult your nearest osteopath to correct any pelvic imbalance which may be inhibiting normal menstrual function.
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