DynamicPT: Pelvic Pain

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Ifyouareawomansuffering fromoccasionalorchronicpelvicpain,physical therapy can help. Pelvic pain can occur for a vast number of reasons, and a certain pelvic therapy known as “pelvic floor rehabilitation” can help reduce or eliminate the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. Typicalpatientswhowouldbestrongcandidates forourpelvicfloor rehabilitation treatments include: • Postpartum women. • Postmenopausal women. • Women with pelvic organ prolapse. • Women dealing with urinary or fecal incontinence. • Women dealing with pain during intercourse. Ifyourpain is limitingyou from livingyourdaily life,contactDynamicPhysicalTherapy today to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified physical therapists! Why am I experiencing pelvic pain? The pelvic area is a complex and important partof thebody thatservesseveral functions,especially forwomen.Pelvicpaincan occuratdifferentpointsduringyourmenstrualcycle,duringpregnancy,aftergiving birth,aftersurgery,orasa resultofanunderlyingcondition,suchasendometriosis. Some pelvic conditions may also result in painful intercourse or infertility issues, whichcanbeaddressedandpossiblyfixed throughpelvicfloor rehabilitation. Some of the most common pelvic conditions that our physical therapists treat include: • Postpartum pelvic pain. After giving birth, it is common for new mothers to

experience strained muscles and/or connective tissue damage in their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation helps in reducing pain, in addition to strengthening any damaged muscles or tissues. • Pain following abdominal surgery. If you are recovering from a recent surgical procedure, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help in breaking up scar tissue, improving strength, and regaining range of motion in your abdomen/pelvic region. • Endometriosis. Endometriosiscanaffect thebones,muscles, ligaments,andnerves in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help reduce the pain and bloating that you may be experiencing with endometriosis, in addition to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. • Urinary frequency or leakage. A physical therapist can help determine the root of your problem with urinary incontinence, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Pelvicfloor rehabilitationwill focusonstrengthening themusclesunderyourbladder in order to treat and eliminate incontinence issues. • Constipation. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can loosen and relax the muscles in your pelvic and anal areas, which can help relieve and eliminate constipation. While these are just a few of the most common conditions of pelvic dysfunction that can be treated with physical therapy, there are a number of additional pelvic conditions that PT treatments can relieve. For example, painful intercourse and infertility problems may also be improved with pelvic therapy. Some less common conditions that can be treated also include pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia, and diastasis recti. Discover how physical therapy can improve your pelvic pain by contacting us today!



This specific form of physical therapy works on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the pelvic floor. When muscles in the pelvic area become tight or weak, your daily life can be greatly affected, as this region helps in supporting the core of your body and is an integral part of everyday movement. One of our dedicated physical therapists will evaluate your medical history and provide a musculoskeletal examination to determine what specific type of treatment you’ll need. This may include proactive and/or preventative treatments. For example, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help prepare a woman for childbirth by ensuring an easier delivery and possibly preventing the need for a C-section. Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include: • Postural exercises. These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture.These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls. • Myofascial exercises. These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief. • Diaphragmatic breathing. Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function. • Relaxation techniques. 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 suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax. If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact Dynamic Physical Therapy. We’ll help correct your pelvic floor problems so you can get back to living your life comfortably!

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