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Can Pelvic floor physical Therapy Help with Fibroids?

Fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, are non-cancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus. They are relatively common, with many women experiencing them at some point in their lives. Symptoms of fibroids can range from heavy menstrual bleeding and prolonged periods to pelvic pain and pressure, which can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. Given these challenges, women often seek various treatments to manage their symptoms. One emerging area of interest is pelvic floor physical therapy (PT). 

Understanding Fibroids and Their Symptoms

Fibroids vary in size, number, and location, which can influence the type and severity of symptoms a woman experiences. Common symptoms include:

– Heavy menstrual bleeding

– Prolonged periods

– Pelvic pain and pressure

– Frequent urination

– Constipation

– Pain during intercourse

– Lower back pain

These symptoms can be disruptive and lead to significant discomfort and inconvenience. 

The Role of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and tissues that support the pelvic organs. The therapy aims to improve the function and coordination of these muscles, which can be beneficial for various pelvic health issues. Here’s how pelvic floor PT might help with fibroid symptoms:

1. Pain Management: Pelvic floor dysfunction often accompanies chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic floor PT can help alleviate pain by releasing tight muscles, improving blood flow, and reducing muscle spasms. Techniques such as myofascial release, manual therapy, and targeted exercises can significantly reduce pelvic pain associated with fibroids.

2. Improving Bladder and Bowel Function: Fibroids can press on the bladder and bowel, causing symptoms like frequent urination or constipation. Pelvic floor PT can strengthen and /or relax the pelvic floor muscles, improving bladder and bowel control and reducing these symptoms.

3. Enhancing Sexual Function: Pain during intercourse, a common complaint among women with fibroids, can be addressed through pelvic floor PT. Therapists use techniques to reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility, which can alleviate pain and enhance sexual function.

4. Alleviating Pelvic Pressure: Fibroids can cause a sensation of pressure or fullness in the pelvis. Pelvic floor PT can help by optimizing the support provided by the pelvic floor muscles, thus reducing this uncomfortable sensation.

While pelvic floor physical therapy does not treat fibroids directly, it can play a crucial role in managing the symptoms associated with them. By improving pelvic muscle function and reducing pain, pelvic floor PT offers a non-invasive way to enhance quality of life for women suffering from fibroid-related discomfort. If you’re experiencing symptoms from fibroids, consulting with a pelvic floor physical therapist might be a valuable addition to your treatment plan. Schedule a FREE phone call with one of our skilled pelvic floor PT’s to discuss your symptoms and start your healing journey!