As detailed by the NHS website, pelvic pain is an umbrella term used to describe any pain that is felt below the belly button. It is first important to obtain a proper diagnosis and rule out any underlying conditions that could be associate with pelvic pain, particularly important if the pain is related to pregnancy. Cases of pelvic pain are more common in women due to a multitude of complaints such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, prolapses of the womb following childbirth and alterations in biomechanics during pregnancy and the menopause.
Your osteopath is highly trained to assess the body holistically, using several different gentle techniques to simultaneously improve joint mobility and ease the strain on the supporting muscles making sure that both the left and right sides of the pelvis are evenly balanced. A global approach of massage, stretching and strengthening of muscles supporting the pelvic area is taken to targeted pelvic pain and to influence any dysfunction of the pelvis. General advice in regards to posture, diet, exercise and lifestyle will be offered to enable you to self-manage your pain levels and return to your normal daily activities. Friendly, tailor-made assessments, treatments and advice are available at the London Osteopathy clinics in Central London, Beckenham and Holborn.
In addition to these services, your osteopath can offer a course of acupuncture if your pain is caused by musculoskeletal issues. As detailed on the NHS website several sessions may lead to a reduction in pain levels. If pelvic pain is a result of complications arising from pregnancy you may still be able to benefit from acupuncture. You must let your osteopathy know if you are pregnant as certain acupuncture points cannot be used during pregnancy.
Although the discussion of this article mainly concerns women’s experiences of pelvic pain. It is important to note that conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, digestive issues and inflammatory bowel disease also highly common for both men and women. Both genders are encouraged to contact the London Osteopathy clinic with any pelvic pain problems.
Osteopathy for Arthritis
The goal of osteopathy treatment in relation to arthritis is to reduce any imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. Following a thorough assessment at one of the three London Osteopathy clinics, your treatment will be tailor-made to your individual requirements. This may include a variety of gentle movements, stretching, massage and manipulation of the affected joints.
These techniques aim to relieve muscle tension and pain whilst working to improve joint flexibility. Work may be done on surrounding joints to take the stress and strain off the affected area, ensuring that loading of the joints through activities such as walking is as equal as possible.
The increased blood and lymph supply to the treated area can optimise healing to the joint and surrounding tissues, following several session you may notice a reduction in pain and an overall improvement of function in your everyday activities. With the reduction in symptoms, many patients can increase general fitness through activity and lifestyle changes which can further improve health and therefore breaking the cycle of inactivity and pain avoidance.
Your osteopath will be able to provide home exercises and positive, friendly advice in regards to posture, balance and nutrition to enable you to self manage your condition confidently and effectively.