Still Dealing with Pelvic Pain? Stress Could Be to Blame

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Yes, stress can heavily impact your pelvic floor.

If you are experiencing pelvic pain characterized by a tight, overactive or spastic pelvic floor, you’ll want to seriously consider how much stress you endure.

To put it simply, stress influences our autonomic nervous system (which sends adrenaline and cortisol stress hormones throughout the body). When that system goes into overdrive and we enter “fight or flight” —whether it is due to financial stress, health stress, relational stress—we tip into that autonomic nervous system and become stressed.

This system, in turn, governs our pelvic floor, and will turn on and up-regulate the pelvic floor muscles when stressed.

Unlike other skeletal muscles, pelvic floor muscles are influenced by your autonomic nervous system, drawing a true brain-muscle connection between stress’ influence on pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Therefore, pelvic pain should be evaluated on on the brain level, too! See how powerful of an influence our mind can be?

We want to encourage you to get evaluated by one of our outstanding physical therapists, and regain control of your life. Pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, back pain, tailbone pain—you name it—these conditions do not have to control your life. There is hope. Call us today to book an appointment for 1 of our 3 Southern California locations, or inquire about a virtual, online treatment session.

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