Researchers from the Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute have been looking into period pains, hoping to scientifically prove what remedies actually alleviate these issues, and they noted that there’s more reason to do yoga and pilates in Kellyville, or anywhere else for women going through period pains.
According to their research, headed by Mike Armour, low-impact exercise, like yoga and pilates in Kellyville, work best, complimented with heat, like heated pads, were great at helping alleviate period pain, showing superior results compared to even painkillers.
The study, aimed at finding treatments that women can do by themselves, on themselves, without having to turn to a medical professional. It took data from a sample size of more than 2,300 women, who used acupuncture, heat and light impact exercise to combat menstrual pain.
According to the research, gentle exercise, like yoga, is the most effective way to deal with menstrual pain. However, it noted that this has to be a year-long commitment; a habit, not just when dealing with a period. Things like yoga and pilates are still classified as exercise, even though common perception might not agree, Armour says.
The research noted that they only had information on low intensity exercises, and there hasn’t really been much study on moderate to high-intensity exercises.
As for another common recommendation for period pain; heat, Armour says that stick-on heat patches are the best option, explaining that heat works best if it’s in contact with the afflicted area as much as possible. Additionally, he says, patches work well since they administer heat at 40C, which is a safe level, and isn’t encumbering for daily life.
Armour says that they’re also looking into other ways to deal with period pain, as looking up help on Google results in a number of unverified options. The researchers noted that, in spite of the fact that more than 70% of Aussie women experience period pain, there hasn’t been too much results when it comes to providing definitive evidence of what actually helps.
That shouldn’t be the case, they say, which is why they’re looking at other methods that would work at dealing with period pain, without the risk that high-intensity exercise comes with.