May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month!

May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month!

As Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists, many of our clients come to us seeking relief from pelvic pain.


What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic Pain is generally described by medical providers as pain around the lower abdominal region. Pelvic pain can have many different symptoms, including:

  • Upper/lower abdominal, hip or back pain
  • Perineal and tail bone pain
  • Pain with prolonged standing
  • Vagina, labial, scrotal, penile, anal itching, burning or numbness
  • Rectal/vaginal pressure (feeling of an object like a golf ball or the rectum/vagina)
  • Urinary frequency/burning
  • Pain with tampon insertion, intercourse or gynecologic exams
  • Deep pelvic pain with intercourse
  • Lower abdominal intercourse
  • Pain during and after a bowel movement
  • Constipation

How can I prevent pelvic pain?


  1. Avoid sitting for long periods at a time: Sitting places excess pressure on the perineum as well as on the low back and the back of the pelvis, which creates tension in the muscles of the pelvic floor.

  2. Stop core strengthening programs: when you excessively or incorrectly work your core, then other muscles around the pelvis overly tighten and could be making your pelvic pain worse or prevent it from get- ting better.

  3. Improve your breathing: The diaphragm and the pelvic floor work hand and hand with each other. Correct diaghragmatic breathing allows the pelvic floor muscles to relax and also have better coordination.


For more tips, download our FREE PELVIC PAIN REPORT here (


Or if you feel like you have one of these and are not sure, you can come in for our complimentary Discovery Visits to discuss your problem with one of our therapists. Call the office at 267.282.1301 to schedule today!

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