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Can Pelvic Floor PT help with Hemorrhoids?

Can Pelvic PT Help With Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, a discomforting and often embarrassing condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Despite its prevalence, there remains a lingering stigma around discussing the topic openly. However, understanding this condition and its potential remedies, particularly the role of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT), is crucial for those seeking relief and a better quality of life.

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of the rectum and anus that may become painful, itchy, or even bleed, especially during bowel movements. They can be internal, located inside the rectum, or external, forming under the skin around the anus.

The causes of hemorrhoids are varied and can include:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sedentary lifestyle

The symptoms of hemorrhoids can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, affecting an individual’s daily life and overall well-being. Symptoms might include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Itching or irritation in the anal region
  • Pain or discomfort during bowel movements
  • Swelling around the anus
  • A lump near the anus

While hemorrhoids can be treated with medications, lifestyle changes, or in severe cases, surgical intervention, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy has emerged as a non-invasive and highly effective method to manage and prevent hemorrhoids. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy involves exercises, manual techniques, and education to address issues related to the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the pelvic organs, aid in bowel and bladder control, and contribute to sexual function. PFPT aims to strengthen, relax, or retrain these muscles, depending on the individual’s condition.

Role of PFPT in Hemorrhoid Management

  1. Muscle Strengthening: PFPT can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, reducing the strain during bowel movements and preventing the worsening of hemorrhoids.
  2. Relaxation Techniques: For individuals experiencing tension or muscle spasms in the pelvic floor, PFPT offers relaxation exercises to alleviate discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
  3. Improving Bowel Habits: PFPT includes guidance on adopting healthier bowel habits, such as proper toilet posture and techniques to avoid straining during bowel movements.
  4. Posture Correction: Correcting posture and body mechanics can alleviate pressure on the pelvic floor, reducing the risk of developing or exacerbating hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, but it doesn’t have to be a lifelong burden. Understanding the condition and exploring non-invasive solutions like Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can provide relief and prevent further discomfort. By promoting open discussions, erasing stigmas, and seeking appropriate medical guidance, individuals can take control of their health and find effective solutions to manage hemorrhoids, ultimately improving their overall well-being. If you are currently dealing with the bothersome symptoms of hemorrhoids, don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a FREE discovery session and talk with one of our pelvic floor PT’s to see how we can help you!