Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Endometriosis
How Pelvic Physical Therapy Can Reduce the Pain and Symptoms of Endometriosis
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis (or 'Endo') is a condition that causes pelvic pain and painful menstrual cycles in women. Other symptoms often include pain with intercourse, a feeling of bloating, constipation, and cramping.
HOW DOES PELVIC PT HELP?
Endo often causes painful trigger points in the muscles and fascia of the abdomen and pelvic floor. These trigger points are often actually a primary driver of endo pain and symptoms, and are found in 90% of women with endo! Even after surgery to excise the endometrial tissue, pelvic pain and symptoms due to these trigger points often remains.
Further, any surgery causes scar tissue, which can painfully adhere to the muscles underneath. Often patients aren't told they need to mobilize their scar after it heals; scar tissue should look and feel just like the surrounding skin. When it does stick, it creates dysfunction and can generate pain.
The pelvic floor is also the underlying cause of many symptoms that typically accompany endo, including painful intercourse, low back pain, or urinary symptoms. Pelvic PT can even reduce bloating and GI symptoms.
THE PELVICSANITY DIFFERENCE
At PelvicSanity, your physical therapist will be a specialist in the field and an expert in dealing with endo – we’ve written an e-book and extensive articles on the subject. 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 endometriosis 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."