Endometriosis is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects a staggering 1 in 7 Australian girls, women, and those assigned female at birth. Endometriosis is a common disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside it in other parts of the body. Those with endometriosis can experience a range of symptoms including pelvic pain, lower back pain, low energy, fatigue and poor mental health. These symptoms can reduce overall participation in sports, and social situations leading to decreased quality of life. While surgical intervention and medication are commonly discussed, Physiotherapy can play an important part in managing symptoms and improving the overall quality of life for those living with this condition. Some ways our Darwin endometriosis physios can help are:
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Endometriosis often leads to pelvic floor dysfunction, contributing to pain and discomfort. Physiotherapists specialised in pelvic health can guide patients through exercises to strengthen and relax the pelvic floor muscles, promoting better function and reducing pain.
Pain Management Techniques: Physiotherapists employ a variety of pain management techniques, including dry needling, gentle stretches, and relaxation exercises. These approaches can help individuals cope with the chronic pain associated with endometriosis and improve their overall quality of life.
Posture and Movement Correction: Chronic pain can alter posture and movement patterns, leading to additional discomfort. Physiotherapists work with individuals to correct these patterns, promoting better alignment and reducing stress on affected areas.
Exercise Programs: Tailored exercise programs can be designed to meet the specific needs and limitations of individuals with endometriosis. Low-impact exercises, such as pilates, can help maintain fitness without exacerbating symptoms.
Education and Self-Care: Physiotherapists play a crucial role in educating individuals about their condition and teaching self-care techniques. This empowerment enables patients to actively participate in managing their symptoms and making lifestyle choices that support their well-being.