At one time or another, many of us will experience pelvic pain. This could be related to pregnancy, stress, prior infection, sports-injury, car accident or from any previous trauma to this area. We realize that receiving treatment in this area can be very personal. At Lynch Physical Therapy, we believe in the importance of creating a safe and healing environment for all people. We treat pelvic pain for all genders and sexual orientations. Physical therapy can be a very effective and holistic part of your recovery.
The Basis of Pelvic Rehabilitation
Resolving Pelvic Pain will involve learning where you are now and what you need to get where you want to be. This means that the nature of the education we will cover in your course of care is patient specific. Is your pelvic floor overactive? Does it need to be relaxed or strengthened? When is it appropriate to splint your abdomen and when is it not? Are there any at home products that will help you with pain relief? One of the most powerful things a physical therapist can do is equip their patient with the knowledge they need for continued success. Many clients benefit from retraining their breath and discovering new relaxation techniques. Additionally, poor posture and lack of connection to our core can directly produce stress on the pelvic floor. By helping a patient become attune to their body and break from habits that increase strain in the pelvic floor we can make remarkable progress towards long term relief.
Remodeling Soft Tissue
A comprehensive assessment and manual treatment of the muscles and skeletal structures of the essential with pelvic pain. The pelvic floor, buttocks, lumbar spine and hip muscles are often assessed for tenderness and soft tissue dysfunction. Wherever the physical therapist identifies myofascial trigger points in the muscle is often a very effective area to relieve pain symptoms. By providing gentle mobilization to these areas soft tissue improvement in pain with sex, incontenience, constipation, and activities of daily living.
Skilled pelvic physical therapists address the muscles and soft tissue structures of the pelvis and hips to reduce pelvic pain. Utilizing soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release techniques, muscle adhesions are reduced and normal movement patterns return. The pelvic floor and hip muscles are comprehensively mobilized both superficially and internally as needed with consent from our client.
Strengthening the Pelvic Floor
Your pelvic floor deserves so much more than kegels! Depending on what is happening with your pelvic floor, kegels could even make your symptoms worse. Therapeutic exercises including pelvic floor stability, yoga poses, stretching and functional strength training are a vital aspect of pelvic floor rehabilitation. A client pursues physical therapy to experience pelvic pain relief in their real life activities. Exercise programs will be tailored to each client depending on what the goals are. Do you want to get back to running after having a baby? Are you hoping to stop leaking when you cough? Do you want to be able to get back to weight lifting without prolapse? Are you hoping to stop having pain during sex with your partner? We are here to help support you with your individual goals.
An Advanced Treatment
In some cases, the resolution of muscle knots and myofascial adhesions require more aggressive treatment. Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the muscle directly at a persistent trigger point. While the needle used is similar to acupuncture needle, the technique and methodology varies greatly. The sole purpose of dry needling aims to decrease contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. These very thin needles are inserted through the skin and can affect deep layers of muscle tissue. Dry needling in the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, hip adductors, obturator internus muscles can provide physical therapists access to deeper aspects of the muscle to stimulate further pain relief.