Many times in our society painful periods are frequently normalized. Humans who menstruate get told to "take some pain meds and get on with life." We are here to say that doesn't have to be your story! Common does not equal normal and Pelvic PT is here to help!
Effectiveness of PT for Women with painful periods
A New article released in January of this year by the Journal of Women's & Pelvic Health Physical Therapy discusses the effectiveness of PT interventions in decreasing period pain. They found that PT is very effective in managing these symptoms with the most effective interventions being aerobic exercise, stretching, and core stability.
5 tips to make your next period a little easier:
1. Prioritize Movement
As mentioned in the study listed above, movement is so good for your body. If you are symptomatic during your period, a walk a day can suffice. If you are not symptomatic, feel free to go about your exercise routine as you normally would! Do what makes you feel good.
2. Take time to breathe
This is important for 2 main reasons: relaxing your pelvic floor muscles & down regulating your nervous system. Prioritizing 5-10 min of your day for focused breathing can significantly reduce your pain. Supported Child's Pose is a great position to practice this breathing in to allow for expansion and relaxation of the pelvic floor.
3. Hydrate Well
Water is so good for our bodies and helps to maintain the appropriate amounts of hydration in all of our tissues, especially your pelvic floor. If you are participating in high intensity exercise, it is also important to supplement your water with electrolytes to replenish your stores.
4. Fuel Your Body Well
The foods we put in our body have a lot of influence over our nervous system, GI system, and pelvic floor. Try to eat as many whole foods to fuel your body and hormones as they are going through this more symptomatic portion of your cycle.
5. Get in touch with an expert
Feel like you are still not managing your symptoms well? Meet with a Pelvic PT to take a deep dive into your specific story and how you can best approach your symptoms.