“Brenda, I did not know you could help me with that, I would have come in sooner”.
Yes, just call us and we will try and get you in this week.
“I’ve had this pain in my butt for several months. Can you help me with that?”
Yes, pelvic floor tightness often feels like butt pain, low back pain, or burning, as if you might have an infection.
In 1998, at the naive young age of 25, I was sent to my first pelvic floor class in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I did not have a big interest in the class, but my employer was paying for it, so I signed up for the week-long course.
The class was for Physical Therapists to learn how to treat low back and pelvic floor tightness using trigger points. In the class we were the students and the “patients”. In order to learn the techniques we had to practice on each other and it hurt… bad. My big lesson learned was not about the techniques/skills needed to treat patients but the importance of having your pelvis working like it is supposed to.
I have since signed up for more classes and training to learn as much as I can about the Pelvic Floor. John F Barnes teaches many courses that are full of great techniques for the pelvis–I have taken his Women’s health course and repeated the Fascial-Pelvis class multiple times. Pelvic floor issues are not something that people discuss because it can be embarrassing to bring up, but the fact is that 1 in 3 women have some type of pelvic floor disorder.
It’s not always the big stuff that gets us hurting every day. It could be the small stuff like sitting on a long airplane flight, spending an afternoon bouncing around the yard on a riding lawnmower or going for a long run followed by sitting in a car for several hours. This is the small stuff that doesn’t seem like it’s even worth remembering until….
- Intercourse that never was painful suddenly is
- Running feels like someone is stabbing you in the butt with each step
- You have gone to the MD to rule out infection, but your crotch still feels like it is on fire and there is “no problem”
If any of you are reading this and didn’t know what to do or who to ask…. I want you to know that there are options. There are a lot of Physical Therapists who have training in the pelvis and the muscles of the pelvic floor. At Monarch Physical Therapy we have years of experience taking care of all kinds of these issues and want to be a resource for you.
Give us a call and you can even talk to one of our therapists for a 20 Min Ease your Worry phone consult and find out if we are a good fit for you.