In addition to back pain, a number of chronic pain disorders have responded well to therapy. Chronic pain is describes a pain which has been recurring or occurring for a prolonged period of time. About 25% of pregnant women are diagnosed with a condition known as pelvic girdle pain (PGP) which is characterized by pain in the pelvic joints and problems with walking, standing, and sitting. Therapy that focuses on body awareness and specific functional training has been found to have a good and long-lasting effect on the management of PGP.
Overactive pelvic floor syndrome is characterized by mild to severe chronic pain and defecation difficulties that can lead to chronic constipation. Interstitial cystitis, a condition of chronic bladder irritation, has also been linked to imbalances in pelvic floor musculature. Physical therapy specific to the pelvic floor has been found to be useful in managing these conditions.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) occurs in men of all ages and is characterized by persistent discomfort or chronic pain in the pelvic area. It negatively affects quality of life and sexual function in men. In one case study, two men were treated with manual therapy applied to the pelvic floor by a physical therapist. The therapist also instructed them in progressive muscle relaxation, flexibility exercises, and aerobic exercises. Both men reported decreased pain and improved quality of life based on the scores from their individual NIH Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index questionnaires.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Pain over a long period of time (3-6 months).
Causes of Chronic Pain
Some causes of chronic pain include:
- Headaches or migraines.
Treatments of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Massage therapy.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
- Medication (consult a doctor).
- Finding relaxation techniques.
- Surgery (consult a doctor).
Preventing Chronic Pain
Some preventative measures include:
- Ensure avid sleep.
- Have a balanced diet.
- Find relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
- Stay hydrated.
If you suffer from chronic pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.