Kathryn Ahuja, PT, DPT on the benefits of practicing yoga to treat pelvic pain and dysfunction:
“PT Patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) ask, ‘Is there anything else I can do?’ They have often been living with pain for a long time and are eager to feel better as quickly as possible. The truth is that there is no fast lane to healing CPP. Healing should integrate the biomechanical, psychological, and social factors, which can all play a part in your symptoms. Yoga can be a very effective way to address each of these players and move you towards increased freedom and function.”
“Practicing yoga poses called asanas is an effective, safe way to get you moving again. Standing poses like warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) and crescent lunge (Anjaneyasana) simultaneously lengthen and strengthen the muscles of your legs and hips. When these muscles regain their function, it can help your pelvic floor muscles to back off any chronic holding patterns.
Backward bends like cobra (Bhujangasana) or camel pose (Ustrasana) help restore the natural curves of your spine while lengthening any tension in the abdominal muscles. This may make it a little easier to keep your body in an upright posture throughout your day.
Supine stretches like butterfly (Baddha Konasana) or happy baby (Ananda Balasana) can help ease tension in the muscles of the inner thighs (adductors) while you are supported by the floor. When these muscles relax, there can be a noticeable reduction in pain since trigger points in the adductors can refer to the genitals and pubic bone.
Depression and anxiety are common comorbidities for people with CPP. Yoga can help to shift your mood which may also have an effect on your perceived pain.”
Weekly Group Virtual Class: Join Kathryn Every Monday at 7pm
Kathryn launched Virtual Yoga for Pelvic Pain in May of 2020 to optimize and continue care for patients unable to access hands-on treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic. She continues to offer this group class as an accessible and affordable alternative to private sessions. Open to all experience levels—non-patients are always welcome!
Class back in session on Monday, Sept. 14th at 7pm.
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