Pelvic pain can have various causes, including musculoskeletal imbalances, pregnancy-related changes, pelvic floor dysfunction, injury, or other underlying conditions. Physical therapy can be an effective approach in addressing pelvic pain and promoting overall pelvic health. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Comprehensive evaluation: A physical therapist specializing in pelvic health will conduct a thorough evaluation to identify the underlying causes and contributing factors of your pelvic pain. This may involve assessing your posture, muscle strength and flexibility, pelvic floor function, and any other relevant factors.
- Manual therapy techniques: Physical therapists can use manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, or joint mobilizations, to address muscle imbalances, reduce trigger points, and improve overall pelvic joint and muscle function. These techniques can help alleviate pain and restore normal movement patterns.
- Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation: If pelvic floor dysfunction is contributing to your pelvic pain, physical therapists can guide you through exercises to address these issues. This may include relaxation techniques, pelvic floor muscle contractions, and biofeedback training to improve muscle function and alleviate pain.
- Core stabilization exercises: Strengthening the core muscles, including the deep abdominal and back muscles, can provide stability and support to the pelvis. Physical therapists can prescribe exercises that target these muscles to improve overall pelvic stability and reduce pain.
- Postural and movement retraining: Physical therapists can address postural and movement patterns that may contribute to pelvic pain. They can provide education and guidance on proper body mechanics during activities and help you develop healthier movement patterns to alleviate pain and prevent further issues.
- Pain management techniques: Physical therapists can teach you pain management strategies, including relaxation techniques, heat or cold therapy, and self-care strategies to manage and reduce pelvic pain.
- Education and lifestyle modifications: Physical therapists can provide education on pelvic health, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications that can help manage pelvic pain. This may involve guidance on bladder and bowel habits, dietary considerations, and activity modifications to support pelvic health and reduce pain.
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.