Endometriosis and Physiotherapy

Georgie Palmer (Physiotherapist – Burnie)

What is Endometriosis (or “endo” as it is commonly referred to)?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where cells like the ones that line the uterus start to grow in other parts of the body – commonly the reproductive tract and around the abdominal organs.

Symptoms of endometriosis include pain (in the tummy, back and legs), heavy periods and bladder and bowel issues. As many as 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis and it is now more commonly recognised and diagnosed.

Treatment of endometriosis depends on the individuals’ symptoms and how severe they are and whether they are trying to conceive/maintain their fertility. A team of professionals can help to treat endometriosis including gynaecologists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, dieticians, and psychologists.

Young woman with lower back pain. Free Photo

How can Physio help with Endometriosis?

Due to women often being in pain over a long period of time, they can develop chronic pelvic pain. This can lead to worsening of pain symptoms associated with the endometriosis and/or pain with sex or trying to use your bladder or bowel. This usually occurs due to the tightening of the pelvic floor muscles over time in response to the endometriosis pain.

Pelvic floor physiotherapists are trained to treat chronic pelvic pain, help reduce tightness in the pelvic floor and help women with sexual pain and pain with exercise.

If it sounds like physio could help with your endometriosis symptoms make an appointment by calling Coastal Physiotherapy’s Burnie clinic on 64314586.