Not too long ago I talked about using acupuncture to treat bladder problems. Another type of pain that can often be confused with bladder pain is pelvic pain. This can be from many different causes. In men, one possibility is prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate. This is more common as men age, and causes difficulty urinating and a sense of urgency and pressure in the lower abdomen. In women, pelvic pain can occur from sexual trauma or difficult childbirth, among other things.
If you’ve ever had pelvic pain, you probably know that it’s terrible. Of course the pain itself can be severe. You might feel embarrassed about the pain’s location. And it can significantly impact your quality of life. But none of these things have to keep you from getting help. Conventional therapy is very helpful for many people, but acupuncture is also helpful too.
Studies show that acupuncture is at least as good as conventional care for problems like prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Just as with bladder problems, acupuncture can help with inflammation around the pelvic floor and sex organs. Often this is enough to improve symptoms of pain or problems urinating or enjoying sex. Acupuncture can also help loosen up any stuck fascia or connective tissue that causes pain and immobility. The combined effects of these plus the general stress management from treatment can significantly help quality of life.
And treatment with acupuncture can sometimes be done without having to needle around the lower abdomen or pelvic floor. Pain around the pelvis can make people squeamish – we get it. We’re not surprised if you might be nervous. Because of how acupuncture works through the nervous system, often we can help you without getting to areas that could make you feel uncomfortable. And if we do need to work a spot directly, we’ll talk about it with you beforehand to ensure you know what’s involved.
So if you have been struggling with pelvic pain, consider acupuncture. Please schedule a consultation or give us a call to see if this is right for you.