Pelvic Floor and Manual Osteopathy: Can Osteopathy Help Your Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles are responsible for controlling urination, bowel movements, and sexual function. When the pelvic floor muscles are weak or tight, it can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse
Manual Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on therapy that can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including pelvic floor dysfunction. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to:
- Release tension in the pelvic floor muscles
- Improve circulation to the pelvic area
- Align the bones and joints in the pelvis
- Reduce inflammation
How can manual osteopathy help with pelvic floor dysfunction?
There is growing evidence to suggest that manual osteopathy can be effective in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. A number of studies have shown that osteopathy can help to:
- Reduce pelvic pain
- Improve urinary and bowel control
- Improve sexual function
What to expect from an osteopathy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction
A typical osteopathy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction will last about 45 minutes. The osteopath will begin by asking you about your symptoms and medical history. They will then perform a physical examination to assess the strength and tone of your pelvic floor muscles.
The osteopath may use a variety of techniques to treat your pelvic floor dysfunction, including:
- Muscle massage
- Joint mobilization
- Cranial osteopathy
Osteopathy is a safe and effective treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. It can be used to relieve pain, improve function, and help you manage your symptoms.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
- Osteopathy is not a cure for pelvic floor dysfunction. It is important to continue with your regular pelvic floor exercises and other treatments.
- It may take several osteopathy treatments to see results.
- Osteopathy is not covered by all insurance plans.
If you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, talk to your doctor about whether manual osteopathy may be right for you.
Here are some resources where you can find more information about pelvic floor dysfunction and manual osteopathy: