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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Your Period

Your menstrual cycle can sometimes come with challenges, such as pelvic pain, discomfort, and changes in pelvic floor function. Pelvic floor physical therapy offers valuable insights and techniques to help you manage these issues and maintain pelvic well-being throughout your menstrual cycle.


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Understanding the Menstrual Cycle and the Pelvic Floor

The menstrual cycle involves intricate hormonal changes that influence various bodily functions, including the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles play a crucial role in supporting the pelvic organs, bladder control, and sexual function. Hormonal shifts can impact the tone, coordination, and relaxation of these muscles, potentially leading to discomfort or dysfunction.


How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Benefit Your Period:

  1. Relieving Pelvic Pain: Some women experience pelvic pain during their periods due to muscle tension, inflammation, or underlying conditions. Pelvic floor physical therapy employs techniques like manual therapy, stretching, and relaxation exercises to alleviate pain and tension.

  2. Managing Menstrual Cramps: Menstrual cramps can cause discomfort and affect daily activities. Pelvic floor physical therapy offers relaxation techniques, gentle exercises, and breathing exercises that can help ease cramps and improve circulation to the pelvic area.

  3. Addressing Bladder and Bowel Concerns: Hormonal fluctuations can influence bladder and bowel function. Pelvic floor physical therapy can assist in maintaining proper muscle coordination and reducing the risk of urinary urgency, frequency, or bowel disturbances during your period.

  4. Promoting Blood Flow and Circulation: Pelvic floor physical therapy techniques stimulate blood flow to the pelvic region, aiding in tissue healing and reducing congestion commonly associated with periods.

  5. Enhancing Pelvic Floor Awareness: Learning how to engage and relax your pelvic floor muscles effectively is essential during your period. Pelvic floor physical therapy provides guidance on proper muscle engagement, helping you avoid excessive muscle tension or weakness.

  6. Emotional Support: Pelvic floor physical therapists offer a safe space to discuss any emotional or psychological challenges that may arise during your period. They can provide strategies to manage stress, anxiety, or mood fluctuations.

As you navigate your menstrual cycle, consider integrating pelvic floor physical therapy as part of your self-care routine. Consulting a skilled pelvic floor physical therapist can provide personalized guidance on managing pelvic discomfort, optimizing muscle function, and enhancing your overall well-being during your period.


(Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance and care related to your menstrual cycle and pelvic health.)

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About Michelle

Michelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  She's worked in PT for close to 10 years, and believes each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing.

She is devoted to helping her patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals.

Call (785) 813-1338 for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or email WebbPelvicHealth@gmail.com

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