What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is when tissue that is similar to that which lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. This often causes heavy, painful periods, pelvic pain, painful sex, low back pain, constipation and more.
Pelvic floor therapy can help relieve many of the symptoms of endometriosis. It cannot get rid of endometriosis but it can help people manage their symptoms so they can delay or not need more invasive treatment such as medication or surgery.
How can pelvic floor therapy help?
In pelvic floor therapy we can assess the muscles of the pelvic floor for tightness, tenderness and tension, and then we can treat these muscles directly.
This will help with pelvic pain, painful sex, constipation, painful bladder syndrome and more.
You can read this blog to see exactly what we do in pelvic floor therapy.
What exercises help endometriosis?
Because endometriosis causes adhesions in the tissues internally we do a lot of stretching and breathing exercises to help relieve endometriosis pain.
I often have patients practice diaphragmatic breathing to help get the abdomen moving and blood flowing. It also calms the nervous system which helps decrease the painful sensations.
What other tools can help endometriosis pain?
If the person has a lot of pelvic pain, which is common, then I will recommend a few tools they can use at home to help with pain relief.
The first is called a pelvic wand.
This thing looks scary but it can be very helpful. It is made of firm silicone and basically becomes like an extension of your hand so you can do some self release of the tight areas of the pelvic floor muscles.
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The next are called dilators.
These you would typically buy in a set so you can progress them. These help stretch tight pelvic floor muscles. These are also made out of silicone but are a little softer than the pelvic wand so your tissues can adapt to fit them.
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The last tool is called the Ohnut.
This is a tool to help with painful sex. If you are having penetrative sex (either with a partner with a penis or with a vibrator or other tool or toy), these rings can go on the base of the penis or toy to limit the depth of penetration. These rings are stackable so you can use all four or just one at a time. These are made from a very soft and stretchable silicone.
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What should I do next?
If you think you have endometriosis speak to your doctor or healthcare provider to figure out the best treatment plan for you.
If you have endometriosis and any of these symptoms mentioned in this article, schedule a pelvic floor therapy session to start getting relief now.
I have helped many patients find relief from the symptoms of endometriosis and would be happy to help you too.
You can schedule an appointment or a free phone call with me here.
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