What is Pelvic Floor Pain?
There is a difference between acute pelvic pain (APP) and chronic pelvic pain (CPP). Acute pelvic pain is the sudden onset of pelvic floor pain that can be caused by childbirth, a fall (trauma to the coccyx bone, testes and penis is common during sports and exercise), sexual trauma, bacterial infections, endometriosis, and surgeries. Muscles, connective tissue, nerves and organs in this very sensitive area can become damaged and exquisitely painful. Chronic pelvic pain is defined as having pelvic pain for more than six months. Pain becomes the ‘new normal’ (low back pain is common) for many patients with flare-ups occurring with exercise, sexual activity, standing or even sitting. Patients who have a history of prolonged sitting (television editors, accountants, truck drivers, school teachers who must sit all day at desk) can develop chronic pelvic pain over time. There is no discrimination between males and females as this dysfunction affects both sexes. Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, low libido, and affect every aspect of a person’s life.
Although quite often the cause of pelvic floor pain/dysfunction is idiopathic (cause is not known), typically pain occurs because the muscles of the pelvic floor have lost their ability to function properly. These muscles surround the pelvic floor like a basket and support the prostate, uterus, bladder, rectum, testes, penis, uterus, and vagina. Pain is experienced when any or a combination of these muscles contract and lose their ability to relax. This is turn can manifest as urinary incontinence, leaking stool, severe constipation and/or incomplete movement of the bowels in general. Because the other structures of the pelvic floor are supported by the pelvic floor muscles, dysfunction of the sex organs is a common reason for treatment.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the pelvic region is where the Du (The Governing Channel) and the Ren (The Conception Channel) begin. This is where life itself is formed (sperm and eggs), and the ‘seat of the Ming Men’ (imagine the engine room of a large steam ship) lives. This is also where several meridians responsible for proper function of bones, connective tissue, muscles, nerves, organs, digestion, and urination course. Injury of any type to the tissues and structures of the pelvic floor will affect the smooth flow of Qi and Blood in these channels and ultimately their paired channels. This is the very reason why pelvic floor dysfunction takes its toll on so many other structures of the human body. The key to treating these conditions is that Traditional Chinese Medicine also takes into consideration the entire person, so the body-mind connection is very important when creating a patient’s treatment protocol. I treat not only the underlying condition and the pain associated with the dysfunction, but also the stress, anxiety and emotional duress that pelvic floor pain often causes persons suffering with pelvic floor pain.
Pelvic Floor Conditions Treated at Golden Acupuncturist ™
- Sexual dysfunction
- Painful penetration
- Painful orgasm
- Erectile dysfunction
- Generalized pelvic pain
- Post surgical pain
- Scar tissue pain
- Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Constipation & bowel disorders
- Postpartum pain
There is no need to suffer from pelvic floor pain or be embarrassed by your condition. At the Golden Acupuncturist™ clinic, you will be treated in a safe, private atmosphere with the utmost respect and confidentiality. I am well known in New York City for successfully treating pelvic floor disorders. Gentle needling is utilized distally and sometimes locally, but Photobiomodulation (NIR) Therapy is the predominant tool for your treatment. This is a painless and noninvasive method to treat your condition so you can live your life painlessly and fully once again.