Michelle Thibeault, PT
Yoga For Chronic Pelvic Pain
Do you experience any of the following:
Pain with intercourse
Abdominal/pelvic cramping and/or pressure/heaviness
Pain with bowel movements and/or urination
Pain with prolonged sitting
Difficulty getting in a tampon
Been told by a physician/PT that you have “high tone” pelvic floor muscles
How Yoga Can Help
1. Physical Postures: identify and stretch pelvic floor muscles that may be tight, as well as strengthen “helper muscles” in the abdomen, hips, and low back.
2. Breathing Exercises: learn about and promote the symbiotic relationship between the pelvic floor and the diaphragm.
3. Meditation: practice the elusive skill of relaxation so that you can take control of your pain and increase quality of life.
Studies showed that after 8 weeks of practicing yoga, participants showed a significant decrease in intensity of pain as well as increased quality of life (physical, psychological, social, and environmental domains). *Saxena et al (2017)
At Diversified Physical Therapy we specialize in the treatment of pelvic pain. One of the treatment interventions we have for our patients is teaching yoga postures that can help to decrease pain. Check out the link for a video made by our pelvic health therapist Casey Diaz with all of the exercises we recommend for pelvic pain. https://youtu.be/zvABAjXw2gE
If you have any of the above symptoms and have been looking for help give us a call! You do not have to suffer with pain. There are effective interventions we provide in physical therapy to help you return to the life you want!