Who speaks about personal stuff in public? And by personal, I mean: peeing, pooping, sex, pain in your… you know… privates! Once thought to be taboo, pelvic health and women’s health issues have gained increased attention over the last several years. Although sometimes not as much as most of us pelvic health therapists would hope for, but at least it’s something.
Just think about it. If you broke your arm, you would see an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon and possibly have therapy. If your hurt your knee, ankle or even had a hip replacement, it would be the same. If you had arthritis and were dealing with pain or difficulty performing your normal day to day activities, you would see a physician and possibly go to therapy ( I would hope) to get you moving better. So then why is it so difficult when people have pain in the pelvic region to know that there is someone who can address those issues to.
There are several muscles ‘housed’ in the pelvis and they have many functions including supportive and sexual. When there is dysfunction, whether it be muscles being “too tight” or muscles being “too weak” or even trauma whether from birth or otherwise, there are things that can be done to address this. A pelvic health therapist one who had had additional training to treat these issues and many others and techniques may include addressing the muscles internally as some of the muscles are not easily assessed otherwise. Education in breathing, postural, body mechanics are also key and integrated into functional and daily tasks.
Did you know pelvic health therapists also treat pregnant and post partum women… oh yeah… they have a pelvis too! And men… yup they have a pelvic too! And children… you guessed it… they have a pelvis!
Although women are known to be the ones who commonly have issues related to the pelvic region, many men suffer from pelvic girdle pain (pain in the penis, testicles, groin or even rectum), incontinence and erectile dysfunction issues. Children may have issues as well with incontinence, specifically bed wetting and everybody can have issues with constipation which is an issue that can often lead to other problems.
Many pelvic health therapists also work with patients, both male and female who may be dealing with or have dealt with diagnoses of cancer, including breast, ovarian/ cervical (especially after hysterectomies) and prostate.
So, if you have: dyspareunia, vulvodynia, endometriosis, pudendal neuralgia, bladder pain, dysmenorrhea, you are a male with penile, testicular, groin or rectal pain, back pain, interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, urinary or fecal incontinence, child birth, pelvic organ prolapse, hysterectomy, prostatectomy, laparoscopy, cesarean birth (to name a few) then a pelvic health therapist may be someone you might need to pay a visit to.