✨SELF-TREATMENT FOR PELVIC FLOOR OVERACTIVITY✨
➡️The pelvic floor muscles can become sensitive and overactive for many reasons. When this occurs, it can contribute to pelvic/abdominal/low back/hip pain, as well as bladder problems like urgency/frequency and difficulty voiding, bowel problems like bowel urgency and constipation, and many other symptoms. 😣
💕The best step to improving overactivity is to connect with a pelvic floor therapist for individualized examination and treatment. Self-treatment to the pelvic floor muscles can often be helpful if that is something you and your provider want to try.
To do this:
✅Use lots of lubricant on your thumb or finger, and position yourself comfortably where you can reach your pelvic floor with ease.
✅Insert your finger into the va**nal or re**al ca**l gently, just a little bit. gently press down and identify if your tissues feel sensitive. If they do, take slow long breaths. ✅Gently contract and relax your muscles. Then, re-check and see how they feel.
✅Move to another area at the same depth. If in the va**na, be cautious not to mash the urethra (so avoid pressing at 12 o’clock). ✅Repeat this process. Then move a little deeper, and repeat.
🥰Keep your discomfort low while doing this. The goal is to gently desensitize the structures. If it’s not comfortable, be sure to talk with your PT to find out if it’s the most therapeutic option for you.💜