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5 Ways to Reduce Pelvic Pain: According to a PT
Pelvic Floor PT

This is another article comes from our resident Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy expert, Susannah Azofeifa, PT, DPT. In it, she shares 5 effective techniques to reduce pelvic pain.

Here is her list.

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Cat & Camel Exercises
  • Hip Adductor Stretches
  • Pelvic Want or Dilators

 

Below, Susannah dives into the specifics of each, how they work, and why they’re beneficial.

5 Effective Techniques to Reduce Pelvic Pain

These techniques aim at relaxing the nervous system, lengthening muscles in the pelvic floor, address the movement at the lumbar spine and pelvis, reduce pain, and targeting specific muscles in the pelvic foor.

 

1. Diaphragmatic Breathing

Pelvic Pain Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing works to relax the central nervous system and is directly related to pelvic floor muscle relaxation. Pelvic floor muscle relaxation leads to lengthening and decreased muscle tone in the pelvic floor. This helps reduce pelvic pain.

 

2. Happy Baby Pose

Happy Baby Pelvic Pain

The happy baby pose helps to lengthen both the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles that connect to the pelvic floor. This helps to reduce tension and tightness in this area.

 

3. Cat & Camel Exercise

Cat Pose Pelvic Pain                    Camel Pose Pelvic Pain

This movement of the lumbar spine and pelvic, pairs with breathing, helps to improve muscle length and decrease muscle tone in the pelvic floor. To do this, breathe in while you extend your back (tope image), and breathe out as you round your back (bottom image).

 

4. Adductor Stretches

Adductor Stretch Pelvic Pain

As with happy baby pose, stretching the adductor muscles of the hip helps to lengthen the hip and pelvic floor muscles. This decreased muscle activity, relaxes muscles, and reduces pelvic pain.

 

5. Pelvic Wand or Dilators

Pelvic Wand Pelvic Pain

Use of pelvic wands and dilators can assist in reducing pelvic pain by targeting specific muscles. You can apply pressure to a specific muscle that is painful until it released. This allows the muscle to move through full range of motion. You can find one of these wands here.

 

Summary

At the end of the day, no one technique or exercise cures all pain. Especially when it comes to Pelvic Pain, guidance of a skilled and experienced clinician helps the process. That being said, hopefully this list of stretches and strategies helps if you’re experiencing pelvic pain. If you live near the Augusta Area, you can always book an appointment with us for an evaluation.

 

Susannah Azofeifa, PT, DPT was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky but now calls North Augusta, SC home. She attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science in 2017. She then attended Breanu University where she received her doctorate of physical therapy in 2021. Susannah enjoys treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions and also specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction, and pre and post partum individuals. She enjoys spending time doing activities such as CrossFit, being outdoors, traveling, being with family, and spending time with her husband, Fabian. She heads up our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT) program here at ProActive.

Are you dealing with pain?

We understand that struggling with the stress and strain of pain can be tough…Whether it’s waking up feeling stiff or severe tension after walking, running, or playing, no one wants to spend each day dealing with the soreness that pain brings. While many people choose surgery or injections for pain relief, at ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, we offer non-surgical therapies which prevents patients from going under the knife.

 

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Rafi Salazar OT

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the CEO & President of Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness, as well as the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center, where he worked on projects to improve patient & employee engagement and experience throughout the organization. He has experience as a faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. Rafi also authored the book Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare