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When I hear people sufferring from pelvic pain, this is what I told them.....

Hands on pelvic physical therapy as a treatment for pelvic pain

What is pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is the floor of the pelvis and is framed by four landmarks: the front and back landmarks are the tailbone and the pubic bone, and two sitting bones form the sides.

What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy is physical therapy treatment for any pain, muscle weakness, and dysfunction in the pelvic floor region. Since the pelvic floor region has openings associated with bowel, bladder, and sexual function, pelvic floor therapy addresses issues related to urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, sexual pain, and so on.

Pelvic floor therapy focuses on addressing the mechanical restrictions leading to pelvic pain and dysfunction, just like having physical therapy for shoulder pain.

The mechanical restrictions can have many sources, and myofascial (muscle) restriction is often a common finding in people suffering from pelvic floor pain.  The article “Pelvic Floor Spasm: The missing link in chronic pelvic pain” has an in depth discussion of muscular contributions to pelvic floor pain, and how the muscular components are commonly overlooked.

Muscular pain can be addressed adequately by a qualified pelvic pain therapist. Finding a pelvic floor physical therapist that does active listening and looks at the big picture of healing is important!! I often encourage people to interview a list of therapists to find the one has the best fit in treatment philosophy and hands on treatment style. Having a good team in the journey of healing will ensure more meaningful discoveries of your pain sources and effective recovery.

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