Pelvic pain can be a debilitating and uncomfortable condition for many people. It can be caused by various factors, including pregnancy, childbirth, enlarged prostate, surgery, and chronic medical conditions and stress manifested in the muscles. The pain can be felt in the pelvic area, lower back, and even the legs, significantly impacting a person's quality of life. Some people describe this as a "headache in the pelvis."
The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus (when relevant), and rectum. When these muscles become weak or tight, it can result in pain and discomfort.
You may experience leaking during exercise or when you laugh, lift, sneeze, or jump. This is called urinary incontinence. It's extremely common, especially after women have given birth. Too many women are told they can do nothing about leakage. That is false. Physical therapy can help with incontinence.
For those with a vagina, you may feel fullness or pressure in your rectum and/or vagina when you run, jump, squat, or pick up something, if are dealing with prolapse. Prolapse is when a pelvic organ droops instead of being held up by the muscles in your pelvis. These symptoms can be significantly helped, often to people's surprise, with physical therapy.
Sex may be painful. Discomfort and pain could be due to muscular tightness. A physical therapist can teach you muscle training, reducing the discomfort and pain associated with pain.
Pelvic floor problems can keep you from performing at your best and prevent you from enjoying doing what you love. You don't need to live with pelvic pain.
Our pelvic health team specializes in helping people heal their pain and injuries without medications, injections, or surgery. While medication can help to manage symptoms, physical therapy can offer a more long-term solution to pelvic pain. Physical therapy is non-invasive and a more natural way to manage symptoms.
Physical therapy for pelvic pain involves a combination of exercises and manual therapy techniques designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve overall flexibility and mobility in the pelvic region. Physical therapy for the pelvic floor can include techniques like trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound imaging. Biofeedback is a technique that uses devices to check the contraction of your pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic pain can be a difficult and uncomfortable condition to live with. However, physical therapy can offer a safe and effective solution for managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life. By targeting the underlying causes of pelvic pain, physical therapy can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, improve flexibility and mobility in the pelvic region, and reduce pain and discomfort. If you are struggling with pelvic pain, give us a call and see the benefits of physical therapy and whether it may be a suitable treatment option for you.