Pelvic Pain Relief
Are You Noticing Pelvic Pain? If So, Physical Therapy Can Help
If you suffer from occasional or chronic pelvic pain, physical therapy can help.
Pelvic pain is very common, though many people do not talk about it, and may suffer in silence for years. At GoodLife Physical Therapy, we believe this topic should not be embarrassing, and we are here to help you understand this part of your body. Your pelvic health physical therapist will explain your symptoms, always within your comfort zone, and gently guide you through your healing process.
Pelvic pain can occur for many reasons, and physical therapy can help reduce or eliminate the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. Contact us today for more information.
How can physical therapy help relieve pelvic pain?
Because your spine, abdominal and hip muscles attach to your pelvic bones, your treatment for pelvic pain will most likely include stretching and strengthening of those areas, as well specific pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation.
At your first visit, your pelvic health physical therapist (PT) will review your medical history, including medications, surgeries, and your current symptoms. Then your PT will assess the strength and flexibility of your spine and hip muscles, and explain how they interact with your pelvic floor muscles. If any of these muscles are not working properly, your “core” is not well supported and daily function suffers.
It is important to note that there are also a wide variety of conditions that could lead to pelvic pain, and our Homer Glen and Orland Park PTs can help diagnose the root of the problem before providing treatment.
Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:
These exercises are designed to increase your awareness of posture habits that may impact spine and pelvic muscle function. Postural exercises may be performed in lying, seated or standing positions and often have the added benefit of improving balance.
Myofascial assessment and release.
“Myofascial” is a term used to describe muscle and connective tissues. Myofascial pain can occur anywhere in the body, including the pelvic floor. Your pelvic health physical therapist may use specialized stretching and massage techniques to treat myofascial “trigger points” and provide pain relief. You will also learn breathing techniques, stretches, and exercises to do at home to help yourself stay strong and healthy!
Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps relax muscles in the pelvic area and decrease pain. Once you learn to relax your pelvic floor muscles, you are ready to begin strengthening them.
Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may teach you certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, to help you relax.
How can I get started?
If you are experiencing pelvic pain, you are not alone. GoodLife Physical Therapy is here to help make your daily life as comfortable as possible.