Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Endometriosis in NYC
Endometriosis can cause chronic pain and discomfort with a wide variety of symptoms. The good news is that treatment is available through a multidisciplinary approach, including pelvic floor physical therapy.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when cells similar to the lining of those in the lining of the uterus are found outside of the uterus. It can be very painful and is believed to affect approximately 1 in 10 people assigned female at birth. In emerging research, rare cases of endometriosis have also been seen in people assigned male at birth. Some of the most common symptoms associated with endometriosis include pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during intercourse, irregular periods, heavy periods, infertility, bowel/bladder issues, and many other symptoms that can significantly impact quality of life.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Symptoms of endometriosis can range from mild to severe and the exact symptoms will be different for everyone. However, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Pelvic pain: This can occur before, during, or after menstruation
- Painful periods: Also known as dysmenorrhea, this can include severe cramping or abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse: Known as dyspareunia, pain can occur during or after intercourse
- Pain during urination or bowel movements: Pain can occur while urinating or while having a bowel movement, which tends to be more common when menstruating
- Heavy menstrual bleeding: Excessive bleeding during periods, or between periods, is common
- Bladder issues: Some individuals might feel an urgency to urinate and pain while urinating
- Digestive issues: Including bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea can occur, including before, during, or after the menstrual cycle
- Fatigue: Chronic fatigue and/or low energy levels is another common symptom of the condition
It’s important to note the severity of symptoms does not necessarily correlate with the extent of the condition. For example, someone can experience severe symptoms and have a mild form of endometriosis, while others can have mild symptoms and have a severe form of the condition.
Additional Overlapping Pain Syndromes
Part of what makes endometriosis difficult to diagnose and address is that other conditions can also occur, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pelvic floor dysfunction, painful bladder syndrome, and vulvodynia (unexplained pain in the vulva area).
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Endometriosis
Treatment for endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary approach. Pelvic floor physical therapy is known for being effective at addressing pelvic pain and bowel, bladder, and sexual symptoms associated with endometriosis. Pelvic floor physical therapy utilizes hands-on techniques that release tight muscles, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow, as well as utilizing various targeted exercises that promote healing, along with information on how to manage your symptoms.
The benefits include:
- Experiencing reduced pain and discomfort
- Reduced tension from tight muscles
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved function and mobility
- Improved blood circulation, which promotes healing
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What To Expect
During Your Initial Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Appointment
During your first appointment, our team at Beyond Basics will begin by asking questions in order to learn more about you and provide us with the context we need to understand any symptoms you are experiencing. We’ll also conduct a physical exam. This is a hands-on evaluation based on the symptoms you provided and might involve evaluating both external and internal muscles, with the purpose being to trace your issue to its source(s) in order to alleviate pain and discomfort.
We want you to be as comfortable as possible during the session and you have the right to refuse any treatment at any time without explanation.
Your Beyond Basics physical therapist will also provide you with exercises customized for your needs for you to begin at home so that you can experience pain relief and a reduction in symptoms.
During Your Additional Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Appointments
Each pelvic floor physical therapy appointment is one hour long. Your physical therapist may spend that time performing manual therapy, discussing your progress, answering questions, and providing at-home exercises when necessary. Most individuals notice an improvement in symptoms within 8 weeks (or sooner).
Beyond Basics Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: We Can Help
At Beyond Basics, we are committed to treating pelvic floor issues with sensitivity to each individual’s needs, regardless of sex, race, identity, age, or orientation – we treat the whole person with a comprehensive, caring biopsychosocial approach.
Since 2003, Beyond Basics has been a place of hope and healing for our patients. We believe skilled and compassionate healing can restore your body’s harmony and balance. Founder, Amy Stein, and co-founder, Corey Hazama are renowned experts and leaders in pelvic floor PT.
The skilled physical therapists at Beyond Basics receive extensive training to qualify them to be the world’s leaders in pelvic floor rehabilitation. All of our therapists have been carefully selected to work in our practice because they possess the right expertise, kindness, and empathy. Our therapists have completed hundreds of additional hours outside of their doctorates both internally and externally through institutes such as Herman and Wallace and the American Physical Therapy Association, to help hone their practice and provide exceptional treatment efficiently and compassionately. In addition to being the world’s first and foremost experts in pelvic floor dysfunction, our individual therapists have cultivated additional skills unique to their own personal interests. Read more about each one of our therapists here.
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