Menstrual pain refers to pain in the lower abdomen and hip region during the menstrual period. The problem is mainly due to non-smooth flows of blood and in the pelvic region. It is estimated that menstrual cramps affect more than 50% of women. The severity of this type of cramp can vary from one woman to the next and can range from mild to severe.
Mild menstrual cramps may be barely noticeable and of a short duration while severe menstrual cramps can be quite debilitating and often interfere with a woman's regular activities for several days just before and/or during their period. Of the 50% of women who suffer with menstrual cramps, up to 15% would describe their menstrual cramps as severe. Some women find that abdominal massage can help reduce the pain associated with menstrual cramps.
So, if you or anyone you know suffer from menstrual cramps, can try massage therapy to soothe self. The best part about this practice is it has no noted side-effects. However, if you are allergic to certain oils (herbal or aromatherapy oils) don’t use them on your abdomen. Use massage oil that would not react adversely with your skin or give you allergies.