Pelvic pain can occur at different points during your menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, after giving birth, after surgery, or as a result of an underlying condition – such as endometriosis.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease that can be symptomatic during menstruation. It develops when the endometrium tissue (a similar tissue to the lining of the uterus) is found outside of the womb, where it is not supposed to be. This results in inflammation and in some women severe pain. Other women don’t know they have endometriosis until investigations are done for other issues such as unexplained infertility.
If you are living with endometriosis, you are not alone. In fact, approximately 175 million women worldwide experience endometriosis. Some common symptoms include:
- Severe cramping
- Heavy periods
- Periods lasting longer than a week
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain with bowel movement and/or urinary tracts especially with menstruation
How can I find relief for my endometriosis?
Endometriosis can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the pelvic region. Visceral manipulation (hands on therapy for your organ systems) and pelvic floor rehabilitation can help reduce the pain and bloating that you may be experiencing with endometriosis, in addition to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and core with specialized exercise training.
Some common techniques used during visceral manipulation, core and pelvic floor rehabilitation include:
These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.
Visceral mobility techniques
Endometriosis often causes adhesions and lack of mobility of the affected organs. The ability of each organ to move about in the designated range it is meant to move within the body is critical for pain free living. If that space becomes restricted or any part of the connective tissue becomes compromised that organ will not be able to move like it is supposed to.
Specialized core exercise training
Your core is designed to function as one harmonious unit creating a healthy, mobile and nourishing environment for your abdominal and pelvic organs as well as a stable base of operation for your entire body to function. Primary core muscles include, your diaphragm, pelvic floor, rectus abdominis, obliques, transverse abdominis and multifidi. With endometriosis mobility and nourishment are critical.
Natural hormone support
Most women with adenomyosis or endometriosis are dealing with less than optimal balance of two important hormones; estrogen and progesterone. Normal is not always optimal especially when comparing these two hormones. Optimizing the balance between them can often lead to less pain and for some struggling with fertility issues, improved fertility.
Eating plan assessment
Some studies have noted a correlation between endometriosis and levels of fats, red meat, and alcohol a woman consumes. Other studies have related a reduction of symptoms to removal of gluten, dairy, soy, etc, so optimizing your eating plan is an essential part of a holistic treatment approach to addressing endometriosis or adenomyosis.
If you are suffering from endometriosis, don’t wait any longer to contact New You Health and Wellness. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started on your path toward relief.
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