manual therapy & movement
Myofascial pain is arguably one of the more common clinical findings in patients presenting with musculoskeletal pain (1).
Various manual techniques, including fascial, myofascial and visceral techniques, are used to treat persistent pain and restricted movement. This is rooted in listening to the body, combined with yoga movements and breathing exercises to address your alignment and movement behaviour. A key is making changes in your daily routines, and incorporating varied movement as a natural part of your daily activities. This involves gaining a better understanding of your body, whereby education is a central component (ONLINE LEARNING coming soon!).
Read about the therapy process here.
Pain related to the pelvis and abdomen is very common.
And it is not only linked to pregnancy. Women who have not had children can have pelvic pain. Women with endometriosis can have pelvic pain, and women without endometriosis can have pelvic pain. Men and LGBT individuals can have pelvic pain. The pain can take many forms: period pain, stomach ache, pain in the hips, groin, genital area, lower back, down the leg, knees, under the foot; pain when walking, sitting, lying down, standing up; pain related to eating, peeing, pooing, sex, laughing, coughing; achy pain, burning pain, stinging pain, feeling of a rod or a ball in the pelvis… The list is long and varied. Each experience of pelvic pain will be unique.
Pelvic pain is also enigmatic. It is often experienced in the pelvis and in relation to pelvic functions and movement. But it can also be linked to other regions of the body, and it can affect other regions in the body.
it is not in your head
Two phrases that many people with pelvic pain say they have been told are that “the pain is in your head” or that “everything looks fine!”.
Yes, pain is interpreted in your brain, but pain is much more complex than that. And just because scans and tests are fine, doesn’t mean there can’t be other things causing the pain experience. Pain related to the pelvis is often misunderstood, because it can take such different shapes, and it doesn’t fit into standard boxes.
But pelvic pain is very real. And even though it is complex (especially if you have had pain for a long time), it is not hopeless.
There is work to do
Since pelvic pain is often complex, it can’t be solved with a quick fix or some medication. The aim is to get to the bottom of the problem by having you engage in the process and learn what you can do, for long-term improvement.
Pelvic health is intricately linked to your overall health, and to what you have been through. This means we have to try to understand the root causes. To do this we issue from a holistic model ‘©the pelvic hub’ (based on the bicycle wheel) specifically designed to look at everything from the different systems in your body, to the larger social, cultural and environmental systems that you are a part of.
The therapy is inspired by knowledge developed from years of working – and living – with the human body and the pelvis, combined with an enhanced understanding of the body informed by in-depth dissection studies. Hands-on therapy is rooted in listening to the body, combined with yoga movements, breathing and education. The aim is to teach you more about your pelvis, to help you find the pieces of your puzzle, and discover what you can do to impact your own pelvic health and make the changes you need to gain long-term improvement (COMING SOON: this will be available as online learning). The hands-on therapy includes both internal and external techniques.
Dommerholt J, Huijbregts P. Myofascial trigger points. Pathophysiology and evidence-informed diagnosis and management. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett; 2011, p.xvii.
Please note that the assessment/treatment time also includes documentation time.
Please visit your gynaecologist or doctor before booking physio treatment, to ensure there is nothing medical that first needs attention.
Embody Clinic Ltd, Glasgow UK