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Conservative ways to treat pelvic pain

Written by Lisa Laings

You often find yourself suffering from aches and pains that you don’t like to talk about or share publicly as you feel awkward, uncomfortable, embarrassed and sometimes even mortified at the idea of talking to someone else about it.  Especially as women.  And because of that, we aren’t sure whether what we are experiencing is normal or abnormal, whether it’s a real problem or something that we need not worry about and it will go away with time.  It’s hard to get advice unless we go to the doctor. But sometimes it doesn’t feel so dramatic that we need to book to see a doctor or gynaecologist and so we rely on the internet searching.  An example of such a situation is the experience of pelvic floor pain.  This is more common than we imagine and there are several conditions that can cause it, such as dyspareunia, pudendal nerve entrapment, vulvodynia, and even coccyx injuries.  A lot of simple therapeutic solutions exist that don’t require doctors and expensive treatment.

Using a cushion

A pelvic floor cushion has been a treatment for pelvic pain for generations and is often more familiarly known as the donut cushion.  This is a cushion that is designed to relieve pressure on your pelvic floor muscles.  There are now different makes of cushions and popular at the moment are those made of memory foam.  Pelvic floor cushions are also designed to be more discreet and less obvious than the traditional donut cushion.  With carrier bags that make it look more professional and make you feel less embarrassed walking into the office.

Doing exercises

Depending on the cause of your pelvic floor pain, you could YouTube pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles.  These are easy to do regularly during the day, pick 2 or 3 and take some time aside to do them.

Over-the-counter medication

You might find that a course of anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants could relieve or even remove the pain indefinitely.  Ask your pharmacist for recommendations.  But, if the pain has been chronic and ongoing for a long period of time, rather check in to see the doctor.  It is harder to treat chronic pain with over-the-counter medication and would likely need a qualified doctor to recommend the correct treatment.  He may prescribe antibiotics, hormone treatments or even anti-depressants.

Going natural

Activities that strengthen your core could also help with pelvic pain.  Not only does it make you stronger, but activities such as yoga can help you relieve stress and tension and help you relax.  A physiotherapist could do stretches and exercises with you.  They could pick up on areas in your body that have tight or weak muscle groups and suggest physiotherapy exercises to relax, strengthen or build your muscles in the right places.

Acupuncture

Eastern medicine has become more acceptable in western medical practices and even physiotherapists are practicing dry needling.  While dry needling is considered a very different treatment to acupuncture, they are both essentially targeting pressure or tension points which could help with chronic pelvic pain.

 

 

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Lisa Laings