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If you are dealing with pain in the lowest part of your abdomen and pelvis, you are likely dealing with pelvic pain. While you may have participated in physical therapy for an injury or surgery, did you know that physical therapy can help with your pelvic pain? At H&D Physical Therapy, we offer pelvic health physical therapy to individuals of all ages and genders dealing with dysfunction or discomfort stemming from the pelvic floor. To learn more about pelvic pain and how physical therapy can benefit you, continue reading below. 

What Is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain is a broad term that might refer to symptoms arising from the urinary, reproductive, digestive systems, or musculoskeletal issues. Some of the symptoms of pelvic pain or dysfunction include:

  • Frequent urination. 
  • Incontinence. 
  • The urgency to urinate. 
  • Pain during intercourse. 
  • Constipation. 
  • Pregnancy/post-pregnancy pain. 
  • Pain in the hip, abdomen, pelvis, thighs, or lower back. 

While various conditions and diseases can lead to pelvic pain, these symptoms are often the result of an imbalance in muscle tone and strength of the pelvic floor. Pelvic pain can arise in both men and women from the digestive, urinary, or reproductive systems or can result from irritation of nerves in the pelvis. Possible causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Kidney stones. 
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 
  • Pelvic floor muscle spasms. 

How Can H&D Physical Therapy Help?

Pelvic floor physical therapy can be a first-line treatment for many disorders of the pelvic region. Men and women with weakness in their pelvic floor muscles can perform targeted exercises to enhance bladder and bowel control and strengthen the pelvic floor. Upon your first session, our team will evaluate your medical history and assess the function of your internal and external muscles. The evaluation will help us determine the best course of action to best suit your needs. Some of the different treatment modalities involved in pelvic floor physical therapy include:

  • Abdominal massage.
  • Myofascial release for the muscles and surrounding structures of the pelvic floor. 
  • Biofeedback for strengthening or relaxation of the pelvic floor.
  • Soft tissue mobilization. 
  • Exercises for muscle coordination. 
  • Biofeedback or electrical stimulation. 

Contact Us Today!

At H&D Physical Therapy, our team of specialists is well-versed in the internal and external management of the viscera and pelvic floor. If you are dealing with pain or dysfunction of the pelvic floor, consider scheduling a physical therapy session with us today!