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Understanding Endometriosis: How Pelvic Floor Therapy Offers Relief

Updated: Jun 30

Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of women worldwide, causing chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms. Despite its prevalence, many individuals struggle to find a diagnosis and effective ways to manage symptoms.

We see women in our office everyday who have been through way too many providers to try to get help. Often times their symptoms have been dismissed and they have been sent off with little guidance on managing their pain. Being in pain is awful and it is not something you should have to deal with on a regular basis. Pelvic floor therapy is one of the most promising treatments that has emerged in recent years and we love being able to offer support to women struggling with this life altering condition. Here is everything you should know.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity. This tissue, known as endometrial implants, can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic lining, and sometimes even in distant organs like the bowels. During the menstrual cycle, these implants undergo the same hormonal changes as the uterine lining, leading to inflammation, scarring, and pain.

Symptoms of Endometriosis: The symptoms of endometriosis can vary widely among individuals but commonly include:

  • Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)

  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility issues

  • Gas and bloating

  • Abdominal distention

How Pelvic Floor Therapy Helps:

  • Pain Management: Pelvic floor therapy aims to reduce pain and discomfort by releasing tension in the abdomen and pelvic floor muscles through manual techniques, stretching exercises, and relaxation techniques. We are big proponents of hands on treatment in the office while also teaching you self management techniques at home.

  • Improving Pelvic Floor Function: Endometriosis can disrupt pelvic floor function, leading to issues such as urinary urgency, constipation, and pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic floor therapy helps restore optimal muscle function, improving bladder and bowel control.

  • Enhancing Sexual Health: Many individuals with endometriosis experience pain during intercourse, which can strain relationships and diminish quality of life. Pelvic floor therapy can address underlying muscle tension and scar tissue, making sexual intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Supporting Emotional Well-being: Living with endometriosis can take a toll on mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation. Pelvic floor therapy provides a supportive environment where individuals can address both physical and emotional aspects of their condition.

  • Collaboration: At Anchor Pelvic we have a wide network of practitioners that we work closely with to get you the best care you need so you can stop be dismissed and start getting answers.

Endometriosis is a complex condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to management. Pelvic floor therapy offers a holistic and non-invasive option for

individuals seeking relief from the symptoms of endometriosis. By addressing pelvic floor dysfunction and promoting pelvic health, pelvic floor therapy empowers individuals to take control of their bodies and live fuller, more comfortable lives.

If you or someone you know is struggling with endometriosis, consider exploring pelvic floor therapy as part of your treatment plan.

Remember, you are not alone. We are here to provide you with excellent care, we strive to listen to our patients and never contribute to further medical trauma. We are confident you will have an amazing experience at our office. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. We a

re here for you to provide resources and support you on your journey to wellness.

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