Dry Needling for Pelvic Floor Pain

A Component of the Comprehensive Approach to Treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic pain can encompass many things from pain with sex, to tailbone pain and everything in between. Often, a source of pelvic pain can be tight and restricted muscles in the pelvis – muscles through the buttocks, abdomen, front of pelvis and even near the vagina and anus can contribute to symptoms throughout the pelvis. 

Dry needling is just one of the many tools that trained physical therapists can utilize during a treatment session. When used as a component of your physical therapy session, dry needling involves inserting a thin filament needle into the affected muscle tissue. The benefits include releasing muscle tension while improving mobility and the muscle’s ability to activate.

3 surprising areas we can focus on with dry needling:

  • Tailbone pain: muscles of the buttocks and pelvic floor to determine if muscle restrictions are often putting tension on or referring to the coccyx (tailbone)
  • Bladder spasms and pressure: abdominal, inner thigh, hip flexor and the pelvic floor muscles can often contribute to these types of sensations by referring signals to or putting tension on the bladder
  • Pain with sex: tight muscles through the pelvic floor and inner thigh can lead to pain through the vulva or vagina

One patient who had been dealing with tailbone pain for several months shared “Tonight – for the first time in months – I can go from sitting to standing without all the painful and awkward motions I normally have to do in order to stand up.” We LOVE hearing stories like these and spreading the word that there is hope! There are so many different ways we can approach pelvic pain, if dry needling sounds like something you are interested in, let us know!

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