Does Pelvic Floor Massage Therapy Work for Pain?


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If you are one of the many individuals who suffer from pelvic pain, you may have heard of massage as a treatment for pelvic pain. Is massage effective for pelvic pain? How is pelvic massage administered? Let’s get into the important information you need to know about pelvic massage for pelvic pain.

As a whole, pelvic massage is effective for pelvic pain. Pelvic massage addresses the imbalances in the ligaments, nerves, tendons, fascia, and muscles that are causing pain. Pelvic massage is very effective in eliminating trigger points and muscle tension that may be found in the pelvis.

Pelvic massage helps many people find effective pain relief when nothing else seems to help. We will determine who may need pelvic massage and how they can get it.

Pelvic Massage Is Effective for Pelvic Pain

Numerous medical studies show that Massage Therapy is very effective in relieving the pain that happens with hypertonic pelvic muscles and their related tissues. It’s even more effective in many cases than pain-blocking medications because it addresses the pain at its source.

Pelvic massage is a worthwhile treatment for pelvic pain because it can have ripple effects by relaxing the whole body. Thus, address stress-holding patterns that are not serving you.

Some may choose not to try or continue with pelvic massage because of the discomfort they might initially feel while getting treatment. The soft tissues that make up and support the pelvis may have developed unhealthy holding patterns that are causing the pain. In pelvic massage, you will be manually treating tight muscles, and fascia, along with their trigger points.

It’s important to note that the discomfort from pelvic massage doesn’t last, and you will most likely experience great pain relief after the massage. Another benefit of using pelvic massage is that if chronically tight tissues are causing chronic Urinary Tract Infection symptoms, you will experience fewer of these symptoms as the soft tissues of the pelvis improve.

Men and women can benefit from pelvic massage for pelvic pain. Also, women who are pregnant and are experiencing pelvic pain due to the change in soft tissue structure from the pregnancy get a pelvic massage to relieve their painful symptoms.

It’s important to get your doctor’s clearance for a pelvic massage before treatment if you are pregnant or have another serious health condition. Most doctors love that pelvic massage is a noninvasive and nonaddictive way to address pain symptoms.

Why You Get Pelvic Pain

Both men and women can suffer from pelvic pain. Pelvic girdle pain is much more common than most people know. Here are some of the conditions that can cause pelvic pain:

  • Pregnancy
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Scar Tissue
  • Endometrial Polyps
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Prostatitis
  • Bladder Stones
  • Past Sexual Abuse
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Vulvodynia
  • Adenomyosis

This is not an exhaustive list of conditions that can cause pelvic pain. It’s important to be evaluated by your doctor to get a proper diagnosis for your pelvic pain. With so many different conditions that can cause pelvic pain, it’s easy to see why so many people suffer from pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may be acute (sudden and temporary) or chronic (long-lasting). Pelvic pain can cause problems with urination, defecation, and sexual function.

Another common cause of pelvic pain is sitting for long periods of time. This leads to weaknesses and loss in tone in the muscles supporting the pelvis as well as fascia immobility. This is unfortunately something that most of us are subject to because of the structure of modern life. Most of us work at a desk as adults or sit at a desk in school for 6-8 hours a day. Then when we come home, we sit at a table for dinner or on the couch to watch TV or play video games.

How to get Pelvic Massage Therapy

If you want to get a pelvic massage from a professional then you can go to a Massage Therapist, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, or an Osteopath. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists and Osteopaths can perform internal pelvic massage. This massage is done inside the vagina or rectum.

As far as I know, Massage Therapists do NOT perform internal pelvic massage. The Massage Therapist will do an outstanding job performing pelvic massage on all the external tissues that make up the pelvis. Physical Therapists will typically give you stretches instead of doing massage on the external structures.

You can perform pelvic massage on yourself. You can use a variety of massage techniques to achieve a more pain-free pelvis. I personally suffer from chronic pelvic pain due to endometriosis.

I perform daily stretches to lengthen tight muscles pulling on my pelvic tissues and causing pain. I also perform internal pelvic massage using a specially designed massage wand I got from Amazon. With the wand, I locate internal myofascial trigger points and along with breathwork, work to diminish the trigger points and the pain they cause.

I also use medical-grade dilators to help reduce the chronic hypertonicity of my pelvic floor. This dilator set I found on Amazon was inspected and approved by my Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist and was significantly cheaper than the ones they sold in the office.

I created this video to show how to massage for endometriosis symptoms but it can work for other types of pelvic pain too

Being more mindful of our daily activities can go a long way to prevent pelvic pain from developing or continuing. This can look like doing stretches every hour at work or school, going for a walk or structured exercise before or after dinner, and stretching before bed. Just one small change can make a noticeable difference in your pelvic pain.

Add pelvic massage to the increased activity and you will most likely notice a decrease in your pelvic pain. What’s important to remember is to make sure that your new activity/massage plan is something you can maintain for lasting results.

Getting a grip on stress and anxiety can help diminish pain in the pelvic girdle if chronic stress is contributing to a hypertonic pelvis. Breathing exercises aka Breathwork can help with lowering feelings of anxiety. Layering breathwork onto your activity and massage is double helpful with symptom improvement.

*Getting professional help from a Psychologist or Psychiatrist will be necessary for significant improvement in anxiety disorders.

Whatever the reason for your pelvic pain it’s important to know that there IS HELP and it CAN get BETTER. Addressing the cause of your pelvic pain with the help of a medical professional and following through on the treatment given can lead to a PAIN-FREE PELVIS.

Communicate with your medical professional about your desire to incorporate pelvic floor massage into your treatment. You will love the results you get from pelvic massage in the therapist’s office or at home!

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I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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