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Pelvic Pain & Physiotherapy Management

 

Pelvic pain can have a profound impact on your quality of life and well-being. Let’s explore how pelvic pain can come about and how physiotherapy can help identify interventions to help you find relief and management strategies.


Understanding Pelvic pain:

 

Pelvic pain can manifest in various ways, including dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain), pelvic floor dysfunction, and myofascial pelvic pain syndrome from conditions such as endometriosis. These painful presentations can be exacerbated or even stem from psychosocial stressors such as traumatic births, anxiety and depression and lack of medical diagnosis. These conditions can be complex and multifaceted, often involving dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles.

 

The Role of the Pelvic Floor and Surrounding Muscles:

 

Your pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in supporting pelvic organs, maintaining continence, and facilitating sexual function. Dysfunction or tension in these muscles can contribute to pelvic pain and discomfort. Additionally, surrounding muscles, such as the hip muscles and deep abdominal muscles, can also play a role in pelvic pain syndromes.

 

Pelvic Floor Relaxation:

 

One key component of pelvic pain management is pelvic floor relaxation. Chronic pelvic pain is often associated with increased muscle tension and hypersensitivity in the pelvic floor muscles. Learning to relax these muscles through specific techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and pelvic floor relaxation exercises, can help alleviate pain and improve pelvic function.

 

Pain Management Strategies:

 

In addition to pelvic floor relaxation, other pain management strategies may include:

 

Manual Therapy: Our skilled physiotherapists may use manual therapy techniques, such as trigger point release, myofascial release and dry needling, to address muscle tension and dysfunction in the pelvic region.

 

Biofeedback: Biofeedback therapy can help you gain awareness and control over pelvic floor muscle activity, allowing you to reduce muscle tension and manage pain more effectively.

 

Education and Lifestyle Modifications: We provide education on lifestyle factors that can exacerbate pelvic pain, such as posture, diet, and stress management. Making adjustments to these factors can help reduce pain and improve overall well-being.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT techniques can help you reframe negative thoughts and emotions related to pelvic pain, empowering you to cope more effectively and improve your quality of life.

 

 

If you're struggling with pelvic or sexual pain, know that relief is possible. At Darwin Health Group Physiotherapy, our approach to pelvic pain management is holistic and patient-centred. We work closely with you to understand your unique symptoms and develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. Our evidence-based interventions aim to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance your overall quality of life.

 



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