Endo ExplainedMar 06, 2023
Endometriosis is a painful condition that can affect all genders, though, it is commonly seen in individuals with a uterus. Endometriosis can cause a range of symptoms, including, painful menstrual cycles, pain during sexual intercourse, digestive issues and chronic pelvic pain. In this blog, we will discuss the symptoms of endometriosis and the importance of pelvic floor physical therapy for managing this condition.
Symptoms of Endometriosis:
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary from person to person, but the most common ones include:
1. Painful Menstrual Cycles: Many people with endometriosis experience severe menstrual cramps that can last several days. The pain may be felt in the back, abdomen or legs.
2. Pain During Sexual Intercourse: Endometriosis can cause deep pain during sexual intercourse, which can lead to decreased sexual desire.
3. Digestive Issues: Endometriosis can cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
4. Chronic Pelvic Pain: Endometriosis can cause debilitating and ongoing pain in the pelvis, abdomen, lower back and legs which can affect daily activities.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Endometriosis
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized type of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles, connective tissues, and ligaments that support the pelvic organs. Pelvic floor physical therapy can include manual therapy (soft tissue mobilizations, visceral mobilizations, etc), exercises, and other techniques to improve pelvic floor muscle function. Pelvic floor physical therapy is essential in the overall management of endometriosis.
The Renew Health Difference
At Renew Health, we truly believe that we are "better together". We offer a holistic approach to the evaluation and treatment of those individuals with endometriosis.
Renew Health will:
- Assess your digestive function including learning about your bowel habits, hydration, and nervous system activity as it relates to your pelvic health.
- Assess your pelvic pain via pelvic floor muscle assessment externally and internally with patient consent. Renew Health will be a safe space for discussing challenges with painful intercourse.
- Assess your bladder habits. Typically, bladder pain commonly presents with endometriosis.
Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage, but pelvic floor physical therapy can be a useful tool for improving symptoms and quality of life.
Your Renew Health Team 💛
If you are local to Western Massachusetts and are looking for a pelvic floor physical therapist, give us a call at (413) 203-9321 or email us at [email protected]
Please reach out to your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of endometriosis. This blog is not meant to replace medical advice.
Renew Health is committed to changing the way that pelvic health is being viewed and delivered. Together, we can do better.
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