Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Abdominal Pain
How Pelvic Physical Therapy Can Reduce Abdominal Pain and Cramping
WHAT CAUSES ABDOMINAL PAIN?
Many women experience abdominal pain, bloating or cramping, either throughout the month or with their cycle. In one study, more than 90% of women with abdominal pain had trigger points - tense and knotted muscles or fascia - within the abdomen that was driving their pain.
Other pelvic and abdominal issues can also cause pain and bloating, including scar tissue from surgeries in the area, restrictions in the fascia that interfere with the GI tract, and tight pelvic floor muscles causing constipation.
HOW DOES PELVIC PT HELP?
Pelvic floor physical therapy releases the trigger points in the abdomen or pelvic floor that are causing much of the abdominal pain that is experienced. It also mobilizes and releases scar tissue and makes sure that none of the tissue adheres to the muscle underneath. Working on tight areas of the fascia can also clear inflammation and reduce the feel and appearance of bloating.
Physical therapy can also resolve pelvic floor dysfunction which can be contributing to pain or cramping. Constipation is a common side effect of tight pelvic floor muscles, and can exacerbate abdominal pain.
THE PELVICSANITY DIFFERENCE
At PelvicSanity, your physical therapist will be a specialist in the field and an expert in dealing abdominal pain, GI health, and the pelvic floor. Many of our patients have been to multiple doctors for their symptoms before finding success here at PelvicSanity.
We believe full-length sessions are crucial to success with pelvic PT, so all appointments at PelvicSanity are an hour in length and spent entirely with a pelvic floor specialist. You’ll never be hooked up to electrodes, see an aide instead of a physical therapist, or be told to ‘just do your Kegels.’ We create a positive, calm environment for healing in private treatment rooms.
We also believe the pelvic floor can’t be treated in isolation, so your treatment will address both the pelvic floor and the external muscles that connect and influence the entire pelvis for optimal results.
YOUR INITIAL EVALUATION
Your initial evaluation will be an hour in length, and have three major components:
Consultation: Most of our patients have been to multiple doctors, but have never really felt listened to in their appointments. In your initial evaluation you’ll have a chance to go through your medical history with your physical therapist. We’ll listen to you and ask about your personal goals for physical therapy.
Assessment: Next your physical therapist will do a complete assessment. They will look at your posture, hip and pelvic alignment, fascia, scar tissue, and anything else influencing your pelvis. Then they will do an internal evaluation, looking for trigger points and dysfunction within the pelvic floor muscles.
Treatment: We also want to know how your body responds to treatment, so your initial evaluation also includes targeted treatment. You’ll also leave with ‘homework’ that you can be doing in between your visits to build on the improvements with physical therapy.
"I started at PelvicSanity a month ago to help with severe pelvic pain and endometriosis...made me feel at ease with her knowledge, professionalism, and treatment plan. I feel hopeful for the first time in years...I give PelvicSanity the highest recommendation, and my only regret is that I didn't find them years ago!"
Of women with abdominal pain were found to have abdominal and/or pelvic floor trigger points contributing to their pain
"I'm so thankful to have found this place. I appreciate the comprehensive knowledge of my condition and the encouragement to keep working toward my goals."