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Pelvic pain can be a distressing and uncomfortable experience that affects people of all ages and genders. In this blog, we’ll explore where pelvic pain is typically, common causes, including the impact of posture and functional movement, and the top five non-medical treatments to get rid of it.

Where is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic pain is typically felt in the lower abdomen area, between the hip bones. It may also radiate to the lower back or even down into the thighs. The pelvic region has a complex network of muscles, ligaments, organs, and bones. Identifying the precise location of your pelvic pain can help determine its underlying cause and guide appropriate treatment.

What are the Common Causes of Pelvic Pain?

No matter what, it is important to know what some of the common causes of pelvic pain are so we can have a higher chance of getting rid of the pain. Pelvic pain is not a female issue though some of the common causes are gender specific.

  • Muscle Tension and Posture

Not gender specific. Poor posture and muscle tension can contribute to pelvic pain. Sitting for extended periods with improper posture can strain the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic area, leading to discomfort. Over time, these tensions can result in chronic pain. Important to note that sitting is NOT the only contributing factor to tension. Injuries, lifestyle, choices, and habits play their part. That is why it is important to find out how the ‘blueprint’ of your movement and posture is impacted by these factors through a postural neurology exam.

  • Functional Movement Issues

The way you move can affect your pelvic health. Improper movement patterns are under-appreciated when it comes to pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain. Regardless of gender or age, repetitive movements without proper body mechanics are an absolute major player in all pelvic floor dysfunction presentations. A thorough examination should not only include postural neurology but also functional movement.

  • Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, are a common cause of pelvic pain in individuals with periods. The uterine contractions that occur during menstruation can lead to pain ranging from mild to severe.

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

This video explains it!

  • Endometriosis

This condition occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can lead to intense pelvic pain, especially during menstruation.

Top 5 Non-Medical Treatments for Pelvic Pain

Taking medications and having surgeries are not the subject of this blog but the following are the top 5 non-invasive, alternative treatments to drugs and surgery.

  • Breathing Techniques

Practicing deep, biological breathing can aid in relaxation and reduce muscle tension. Proper breathing can also promote better posture, which in turn supports pelvic health. The question is then, are you breathing biologically? Here is a video I suggest you play and breathe along!

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Therapy

A skilled pelvic floor therapist who may or may not be a physical therapist trained in the field of pelvic floor dysfunction is the person you should consider interviewing!! I suggested interviewing because most therapists perform internal manual work to address pelvic floor dysfunction issues but why do we treat the floor when the ‘house’ is not evaluated or stabilized?!!

  • Yoga, Pilates or Other Exercise- Which is the right one?

No matter what type of exercise you do, postural stability is the foundation! Mechanical duplication of what you see done by your yoga or pilate instructor does not cut it. Both Yoga and Pilates are inspired by the movement patterns and principles that have existed since 200,000 years ago!! That is the developmental patterns of movement that all babies have done, do, and will continue doing that gets them out of the helpless infant stage to the running toddler stage. To learn more visit my page.

  • Heat Therapy and Caster Oil Compress

Applying a warm compress or taking a warm bath can provide temporary relief from pelvic pain. Heat helps relax muscles and increase blood flow to the area, reducing discomfort. Many of my patients report Caster oil compress over their pelvis helps alleviate their symptoms.

  • Mind-Body Techniques

Mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation are techniques that focus on calming the mind and reducing stress. Since stress can exacerbate pelvic pain, these techniques can be incredibly beneficial.

If you have pelvic floor dysfunction and are not happy with the results, contact me.

Dr. Shakib

Recommended Reading:

Hypermobility and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Hip Pain