Lately I’ve been researching a lot about pelvic floor dysfunction. It seems the universe “chooses” a theme for me to study a few times a year by sending me lots of patients that present with very similar patterns. This time it has been pelvic floor issues.
This is quite a broad subject and it involves much more than I ever knew before studying it more closely. We have all heard of women that have chronic bladder infections and UTIs, but few of us know what Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is and how ridiculously painful and disturbing it can be. I also learned that this condition is by no means strictly a female problem. There are many men that unfortunately live with this kind of pain too. The fantastic news is that acupuncture is incredibly helpful and I have now successfully treated many patients with pelvic floor pain and IC.
There are many ways to treat PFD with acupuncture and because I have watched dissections and studied the anatomical structure of the pelvis, I have figured out which muscles need to be addressed in order to help the pelvis as a whole to “relax”. When we think of an organ in distress, it’s very easy to forget that the surroundings are also in distress. So it’s not wise to simply treat the bladder. I have learned that the best approach is to treat the main muscles involved in pelvic stability — like the glutes, the Iliopsoas, the quadratus lomborum and many small muscles around the sacrum — as well as addressing the nerves involved in their contraction and relaxation. Through opening and regulating the acupuncture meridians that run through these areas, I can successfully help retrain the brain to allow them to go back to a neutral or relaxed state.
Of course this isn’t a magic pill, so we definitely need many treatments, but I have seen many patients come in to my clinic in severe pain and leave much happier and relieved.
If you suffer from PFD or know anyone that does, please consider Acupuncture as part of your treatment plan. I am truly amazed by the results and by how much happier and optimistic my patients are.
This life is meant to be lived to the fullest, with joy, optimism and happiness – there’s no need to be in constant pain.