Four ways you can reduce pelvic pain at home

Reducing Pelvic Pain

Your pelvis is the area below your waist, above your buttocks and between the hips. This area contains many important muscles and vital organs. A healthy pelvis is a crucial part of living a happy life, so when it’s hurt, life can be miserable.

Keeping pelvic pain from happening is hard because the cause is often out of your hands. Internal conditions, such as endometriosis or irritable bowel syndrome, are common causes of pelvic pain. Another common cause is pregnancy.

Some cases of pelvic pain are caused by stretched or torn muscles. You can help prevent this kind of pelvic pain by exercising and stretching and warming up before physical activity.

In other cases when pelvic pain is unavoidable, you can follow the steps below to help ease your suffering.

Four tips for reducing pelvic pain

Pelvic pain that is excruciating or lasts longer than a few months should be treated by a healthcare professional. If your pain is not that serious, but is causing discomfort and daily challenges, you should try:

  1. Light exercise — It’s important to rest to help reduce pain and give your muscles a break, but you cannot become a couch potato. You need to stay active to help strengthen the muscles and tissues in your pelvis. This can help reduce pain.
  2. Heat — Applying heat can help reduce the discomfort in your pelvis. Use a heating pad or sit in a tub of warm water to help reduce the pain. It’s important to note that any swelling or inflammation that might be the cause of your pain can be exacerbated by heat. If there is any inflammation in the pelvis or if you’re not sure, you should wait a few days before applying heat.
  3. Pain medication — Over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain in your pelvis.
  4. Quit smoking — Smoking restricts your blood flow, which reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients your pelvis receives. Plus, the nicotine from smoking can trigger inflammation in the nerves, which may be connected to your pelvic pain.

Contact Whatcom Physical Therapy for pelvic pain treatment

Are you suffering from chronic or severe pelvic pain? Physical therapy may be able to help you. The physical therapists at Whatcom Physical Therapy are trained and experienced in identifying causes of pelvic pain and helping reduce the pain. Contact us today to talk to one of our team members about finding relief from your pelvic pain.