Painful Periods / Endometriosis: Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and Naturopathic Medicine to the Rescue
If you're one of the millions of people around the world who suffer from painful periods or endometriosis, you know just how debilitating and frustrating it can be. Luckily, there is a growing body of research showing that pelvic health physiotherapy combined with naturopathic medicine can be an effective treatment option for managing these conditions.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, causing pain, inflammation, and scarring. According to a study published in the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, pelvic floor dysfunction is commonly found in individuals with endometriosis, with up to 79% of patients reporting pelvic pain and 65% reporting pain during intercourse. Pelvic health physiotherapy aims to address these issues by focusing on strengthening and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, as well as improving posture and movement patterns.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized form of physiotherapy that focuses on the pelvic floor muscles and how they relate to the pelvic organs. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to assess and treat pelvic floor dysfunction, including manual therapy, biofeedback, and exercise prescription. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can be especially helpful in managing pain, improving bladder and bowel function, and reducing sexual dysfunction in women with endometriosis.
There is a growing body of research supporting the effectiveness of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy in managing endometriosis symptoms. A randomized controlled trial published in the International Urogynecology Journal found that women who received Pelvic Health Physiotherapy reported significant reductions in pain and improvements in quality of life compared to those who did not receive Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Another study published in the Urogynecology Journal found that Pelvic Health Physiotherapy improved pain and sexual function in women with endometriosis. These findings suggest that Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a promising approach to managing endometriosis symptoms.
Naturopathy is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that focuses on treating the whole person, rather than just their symptoms. Naturopathic doctors use a variety of natural therapies, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary counseling, to promote healing and restore balance in the body. Naturopathic treatments can be effective in reducing inflammation, regulating hormones, and improving overall health in women with endometriosis.
There is also evidence supporting the use of Naturopathy in managing endometriosis symptoms. A systematic review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that herbal medicine, such as turmeric and ginger, can reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with endometriosis. Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective in managing endometriosis pain and improving quality of life, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain Research.
Combining Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and Naturopathy
While both Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and Naturopathy can be effective in managing endometriosis symptoms on their own, combining the two may lead to even greater improvements in quality of life. Most people with endometriosis report gastrointestinal distress and bloating and pelvic pain. The combination of changes in diet, supplementation of nutrients and exercises and education on pelvic pain delivered by a Naturopathic Doctor and a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist address all of these symptoms.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and Naturopathy are promising approaches to managing endometriosis symptoms. There is a growing body of research supporting their effectiveness, and combining the two may lead to even greater improvements in quality of life. If you are living with endometriosis, consider exploring these alternative therapies with a qualified practitioner to find relief from your symptoms.
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If you want to learn more about Endometriosis and strategies to reduce your symptoms, sign up for our 3 Part Virtual Series. It is $90 for three virtual hours over three weeks (or receive the recordings if you are unable to attend). Sign up online, you won’t be disappointed!!
Virtual 3 Part Series: Endometriosis, signs, symptoms and effective treatments? (8-9 pm)
Thur Apr 20th, 2023 Kristen Parise / Megan Salomons / Joanna Hermano (Physiotherapists) Pelvic Floor Dysfunction / Neuroplasticity and Pain Management
Thur Apr 27th, 2023 Dr. Meghan O’Leary (Gynecologist) ENDO 101
Thur May 4th, 2023 Dr. Kirsten Almon (Naturopathic Doctor) Natural solutions to help with painful periods.
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