Many women experience “menstrual headaches” that occur around the time of the menstrual period. Other women develop headaches for the first time when they are pregnant. But whatever this may be, it seems clear that the headaches are due to the effect of changing hormonal balances within the body – the headaches are due to some form of chemical stress. Generally, whatever the cause of stress, the body has the same reaction – contraction and tension in the muscles and soft tissue.
The hormonal changes that appear to trigger these headaches may be a necessary part of a woman’s stage in life, but in most cases the headache pain may be successfully relieved with manual therapy techniques that can locate and treat the soft tissue problems hormonal changes cause.