Women’s Health Conditions

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, called endometrium, grows outside the uterus. It can lead to pelvic pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. While physical therapy cannot cure endometriosis, it can play a supportive role in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. Here’s how physical therapy can help with endometriosis:

  1. Pain management: Physical therapists can use various techniques such as manual therapy, heat/cold therapy, and electrical stimulation to help manage pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. They can also teach relaxation techniques and provide guidance on pain coping strategies.
  2. Pelvic floor muscle therapy: Endometriosis can affect the pelvic floor muscles, leading to muscle tension, trigger points, and dysfunction. Physical therapists specializing in pelvic health can assess and address these issues through techniques such as manual therapy, pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises, and biofeedback. These interventions can help reduce pain, improve muscle coordination, and restore normal function.
  3. Exercise and movement: Physical therapists can design an individualized exercise program that takes into account your specific symptoms and limitations. Regular physical activity, such as low-impact exercises and stretching, can help reduce pain, improve circulation, enhance overall strength, and promote relaxation.
  4. Manual Therapy Techniques: Specific manual therapy techniques including soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and visceral mobilization can be used to address scar tissue, muscular, and fascial restrictions in the abdominal wall and within the abdominal and pelvic cavities to promote normalized mobility in these structures and to reduce pain.
  5. Education and self-care: Physical therapists can provide education on endometriosis, its effects on the body, and strategies for self-care. They may offer guidance on lifestyle modifications, such as stress management, nutrition, and sleep hygiene, to support overall well-being.
  6. Collaborative approach: Physical therapists often work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals involved in the management of endometriosis, such as gynecologists or pain specialists. They can communicate and coordinate care to ensure a comprehensive approach that addresses your specific needs.

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is here to help

Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.

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