Complex pelvic pain is what we specialize in here at Recharge Therapy and we see many different versions of pelvic pain. It often has different names and different causes, but some common treatments. Here are 8 ways to help you live with less pelvic pain.
1. Practice deep breathing for 1-5 minutes a day. This calms down our entire system which is often on high alert when we are in pain, especially if the pain has been ongoing or longstanding.
2. Use an ice pack or heat pack on the external pelvis. Be gentle with this and always place a layer (towel, cloth, etc) between your skin and the hot or cold pack.
3. Try yoga. Yoga often helps with relaxation through the breathing techniques and stretching exercises. Make sure you choose a gentle yoga and not a fast flowing yoga that could potentially flare up your symptoms more.
4. Do some gentle stretches. An inner thigh stretch often helps (be very gentle), some lower back and hip stretching may help, too.
5. Make sure you are hydrated. Dehydration makes everything worse. As long as you don’t have bladder issues (we can help with those too. Even if you do have bladder issues often staying more hydrated can help, although it seems counter-intuitive).
6. Get checked by your doctor for UTI, STDs and to rule out any other major medical condition that could be causing pelvic pain.
7. Stop doing kegels. Often my clients who have pelvic pain have tight pelvic floor muscles and doing kegels makes the muscles tighter and more painful.
8. See a pelvic floor physical therapist. We are trained to specifically assess pelvic floor muscles and pelvic mobility. We can often find a muscular cause for your pain when everything else hasn’t worked. We will teach you specific exercises, stretches, etc to help ease your pain.
If you have tried everything else except pelvic floor physical therapy call or email us to find out more about how we can help ease your pelvic pain.
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