In the US, approximately 15 percent of women report chronic pelvic pain. However, it is not a subject we feel comfortable talking about publicly, so often it can go undiagnosed and untreated. Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the area below your belly button and between your hips that lasts six months or longer. This can be severe and steady pain, intermittent pain, or pressure and cramping within your pelvis. Other symptoms may include pain during intercourse, pain while having a bowel movement or urinating, or pain when sitting for extended periods of time. Chronic pain can make it difficult to sleep, work, or enjoy life. It can also lead to depression and anxiety. Pelvic pain may stem from the musculoskeletal system, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, gynecological, or even psychological factors, so it is important to get evaluated to see what is causing your pain. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a huge component in the treatment of pelvic pain. During treatment, our specialized PT will address the muscular component of pain- teaching you to relax the muscles of the pelvic floor, may provide manual therapy of the pelvic floor muscles, as well perform myofascial release of painful trigger points of pelvic floor when necessary. There are several modalities that can assist in rehabiliation- biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and dilators, to name a few. Also during your visit, your PT will address the behavioral component of your pain- what you eat and drink, as well as bathroom and sleep habits. If you would also like emotional support, His Therapy offers a monthly women’s support group for chronic pelvic pain. Call our office today for more information and to reserve your spot. 864-534-1780
When you are dealing with chronic pain, it is important to have a good support network. Studies show there was a direct, significant association between social support and pain. Even the most supportive family and friends can’t truly understand what you are going through, and you may feel all alone. His Therapy is offering a FREE pelvic floor pain support group meeting the last Monday of every month. Sabina Weaver, a licensed PT specializing in pelvic floor rehab will facilitate these sessions. With almost 20 years of experience in her field, she will be able to explain the science behind pelvic floor pain, provide tangible tools on helping you manage the pain, as well as compassionately offer emotional support. You will be amazed at how many people suffer from the same pain and related challenges as you do, and how refreshing it is to meet others in such similar situations. The group will meet at His Therapy from 6 to 8 every last Monday of each month. Join us for the first session on Monday Oct 30th.
Sabina Weaver, MSPT-ATC-L