Women's Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain can occur for a number of wide-ranging reasons, not just a result of a gynecological problem. While embarrassment keeps some women from talking about this problem, it’s important to know that physical therapy can help.
How can physical therapy help you with chronic pelvic pain?
Your physical therapist will make an individualized plan based on your specific condition. With your consent to an internal pelvic exam, the therapist can assess the integrity, strength and coordination of your pelvic floor musculature and check your Kegel technique. It is very common for women to need instruction to properly perform Kegel exercises. Biofeedback can help with relaxation strategies and techniques to improve resting tone of the pelvic floor and other musculature, which is often a key component to treating pelvic pain.
Additional treatment components may include manual therapy techniques such as myofascial release and soft tissue massage for the abdomen, hips, back and thighs, in addition to internal techniques of soft tissue massage and trigger point release of the pelvic floor musculature. Electrical stimulation/TENS, ultrasound and heat/cold therapy may be appropriate for some patients. Therapeutic exercise can be incorporated to work on any weakness or muscle imbalances for more effective results. The therapist will continually reassess your condition and modify treatment as necessary, depending on your response and tolerance to the treatment.
What about after therapy ends?
You will receive a customized maintenance schedule of home exercise and self-help techniques to continue after your therapy sessions end. This program will fit your lifestyle, to make it easier to maintain your therapy. A home TENS machine and additional physical therapy “checkups” may be recommended as needed.
Contact us to find out more and get your appointment scheduled with our pelvic floor physical therapy specialty team. Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.