Estrogen has many functions; it affects almost every part of our being. Among its many functions, estrogen helps to keep our joints flexible.
Joints that are most frequently affected during menopause are the neck, jaw, shoulders, wrists and elbows, though other joints in the body may experience stiffness as well.
There are many ramifications of joint stiffness as other muscles compensate for lack of flexibility. Stiffening can cause pain, such as tight shoulder muscles, which can cause headaches.
Stress will only intensify the symptoms. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisone, a hormone that causes infection. Therefore, it’s important to learn to relax and treat your joints with physical activity, a healthy diet and balancing your hormonal system.