signs, symptoms & remedies

period pain

Period pain is a natural & normal part of your menstrual cycle; most women will experience period pain in their lives at differing levels of severity, discomfort & pain. It has been likened to intense, intermittent spasms or a dull pain which will remain constant for hours/ days. In addition, it varies on the period itself, some can have little to no period pain, and others can be significantly painful.

Flow Recovery helps with Period Pain
WHAT TO DO

Rest if possible

LIght exercise such as a walk, swimming or yoga

Use of heat around your stomach & lower abdomen 

TENS  - Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation

Stay hydrated

Flow Recovery helps with Period Pain
WHAT TO AVOID

Heavy lifting 

Highly processed foods 

Dehydration

USING FLOW NANO

Using the nano, you can apply the heating element to your stomach/ lower abdomen to provide heat relief.

HOW DOES IT HELP?

The NHS recommends the application of heat; it stimulates the nervous system, particularly the thermoreceptors, which 'may' block the signals/ sensation of pain to the brain. Additionally, heat increases blood flow to the area, which provides an increased rate of oxygen & nutrient delivery to muscles in that area, contributing to the muscles becoming more relaxed. Thus taking away any tension that the muscles may bring to the area.

Additionally, the use of percussion on the muscles surrounding the joints affected can provide an increase in blood flow to the muscles, allowing them to become more relaxed & subsequently more flexible. Both of these combined allow the joint to potentially move more freely with the help of increased muscle flexibility.

COMMON CAUSES OF PERIOD PAIN

Muscular contractions/ spasms

Medical condition that may be linked to period pain such as; endometriosis

Contraceptive devices

Seek advice from your GP if you have severe period pain and/ or your normal pattern for experiencing period changes such as lasting longer, becoming more usual or irregular.

Your symptoms get worse all of a sudden

Your temperature is higher than normal (37.4°C)

You develop shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

You have a chronic lung disease & the cold/flu/covid is not improving

If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health matters for further information or medical advice, please speak to your GP or a Pharmacist.