Electric shocks are one of the (few) symptoms that I haven’t personally experienced but I’ve spoken to a number of women that have them.
Many of them have described it as a short, sharp shock of electricity coursing through your body. It can be a painful sensation or simply feel odd and uncomfortable. Along with all the other symptoms of the menopause, it may lead you to think that something is seriously wrong with you when in reality, it’s just your hormones playing up!
What Causes Electric Shocks
Generally speaking, the pain felt from electric shock comes from neurons in the brain misfiring, causing you to feel pain in the body and nerves when there is no harm. The cause of electric shock during the menopause isn’t completely understood. That said, it is known that estrogen plays an important role in in your brain, and so hormonal imbalances can lead to messages in the nervous system being misunderstood, leading to the misfiring of neurons and causing that strange feeling.
My Top Tips
Consume more omega-3 and calcium.
Since electric shock is related to your nervous system, nutrients that help keep a healthy, functioning nervous system can help reduce the misfiring of neurons. Foods that are high in fatty omega-3s, such as salmon, or high in calcium, such as low-fat dairy products, are great to keep your nervous system in check.
Avoid saturated fats.
Saturated fats, from foods such as cakes, biscuits, and savoury snacks, can cause a build-up of fat in your blood which slows blood circulation in your body. Blood circulation is important to keep areas in your body such as your hands and feet free from that ‘pins and needles’ sensation. Instead, replace foods high in saturated fats with lean meats, fruits and vegetables!
Avoid or reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
Alcohol and caffeine can worsen the feeling of electric shock. Alcohol has a negative effect on your nervous system, which is evident from anyone who’s stumbling and slurring their words after one too many drinks. And these negative effects can result in long-term, damaging effects. Since electric shock is linked to your nervous system, avoiding alcohol can help to maintain a healthier nervous system and alleviate electric shock. Likewise, caffeine can cause muscles to spasm and tingle, worsening the sensation of electric shock.
Try water therapy.
Different water temperatures can help balance your nervous system, and there are different techniques to keep your system in check! Start with a cool, thin, wet towel and massage it first on your hand-shoulder area, then on your foot-groin area, and finally on your torso. Do this quickly at first, then follow up by dressing up warmly to bring in the heat and increase blood circulation. Alternatively, you can try the ‘alternating arm baths’ technique, which involves dipping one arm into a hot bath for about 30 seconds with your other arm raised, then switching arms. As your arm moves in and out of hot water, it will get a hot-then-cold therapy that stimulates your nerves. Finally, if this is all a bit too much, you can end a hot bath or shower with a quick, cold shower rinse (avoiding the head) – even a few quick seconds can be really beneficial!
Walk barefoot in nature.
This one may sound a bit silly, but walking barefoot on moist ground, grass, or sand has been seen to help stabilise your nervous system. It can help eliminate electromagnetic radiation that our body absorbs from electronic devices (like our phone or laptop), which can help maintain a healthy nervous system. It also leaves you feeling more connected to the earth which can only be a good thing for your mind, body and soul.
Get some sunlight.
Sunlight is known for being a great nervous system regulator, and it provides us with most of the Vitamin D we need in a day – an extra incentive to get some sunbathing in. Just be sure to use sunscreen!