Pelvic pain affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 12 men at some time in their life.
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Your pelvis is a complex transition area between your legs and the rest of your body – such as your legs, back, ribs, or shoulders. Osteos take a whole body approach. They are trained to find the links between all these parts of the body and your pelvic pain.
Tell your osteo your story. Tell them about your pain – what you think it is, what makes it worse, how it makes you feel. Your osteo is listening. They will give you the right mix of therapy, support and advice for your condition.
- Evidence supports the use of pelvic floor physical therapy as a first-line treatment for most pelvic floor disorders. It may assist patients with incontinence, peripartum and postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor myofascial pain, dyspareunia, vaginismus and others (Wallace et al 2019)
- Motor control exercises, when combined with other musculoskeletal therapies (such as manipulation, manual joint mobilisation, massage, exercise), may decrease short term pain and disability, especially in peripartum females (Mapinduzi et al 2021)
- Osteopathic manipulative treatment may help reduce pain and/or improve mobility in pregnant women (Franke et al 2017)
Franke H et al. 2017. Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back and pelvic girdle pain during and after pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies Vol 21 Issue 4, pp752-762
Mapinduzi J et al. 2021. Effectiveness of motor control exercises versus other musculoskeletal therapies in patients with pelvic girdle pain of sacroiliac joint origin: A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Back MSK Rehabilitation Dec 14. doi: 10.3233/BMR-210108
Wallace S et al. 2019. Pelvic floor physical therapy in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Curr Opin. Obstet Gynecol. Dec; 31(6): 485-493