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ENDOMETRIOSIS – PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP

The month of March is the nominated month for raising awareness for endometriosis around the world.

Endo is a relatively common condition and statistically affects up to 1 in 10 women.

Did you know that physiotherapy can help improve your journey living with endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where, for reasons still unclear to medical researchers, endometrial tissue starts to grow in other areas in the pelvis, and outside of the uterus (where it normally would be found). Some symptoms include pelvic and abdominal pain, sometimes described as very severe period cramps, and in some cases can affect fertility. Other associated symptoms can be bladder and bowel dysfunction and pain with sex.

Treatment of endometriosis is a case-by-case basis and requires a good team care involving the Gynaecologist and other healthcare practitioners including the physiotherapist.

The Physiotherapist can help by managing the contributions from the musculoskeletal system around the pelvis, abdomen and hips. Understanding and improving pelvic floor muscle function is essential for good bladder, bowel and sexual function, but can also make a change in how your body reacts to pain.

The diagnosis of endometriosis often mean that someone may have experienced chronic pain for several years. The physiotherapist can help educate to understand how pain works and what to do about it. It helps to retrain the way the brain connects to the involved areas and muscles in the abdomen and pelvis, towards more helpful neural pathways and pain management strategies – rather than the classic “brace against pain” and “fight or flight” responses our bodies often resort to.  Physiotherapy alongside medical management can help you build and implement effective strategies to manage and reduce the impact of endometriosis on daily function and enhance quality of life.

So, if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, or know someone who suffers from endometriosis, call one of our wonderful Pelvic Health Physio’s to learn more.

Adriane Khablyuk  B Sc (Physio)  Post Grad Cert (Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation)

Adriane graduated from Curtin University (Perth WA) in 2013. She has worked in the private practice setting since and developed experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders.Adriane has a special interest in Women’s Health and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2018. She is passionate about helping women return safely to an active lifestyle post-natally. She loves treating pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions, including pelvic girdle and SIJ pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. She also has special interest in treating all continence issues, pelvic pain  and pelvic floor dysfunction in women of all ages.