Do you have pain in your cervix when you’re sitting? In this article, I discuss some of the causes and some of the steps to eliminate these pains.
Pain in the cervix with sitting could be a very debilitating pain. It’s gonna limit a lot of what you do because most of the time, we’re sitting. And if you can’t do that, you’re in pain. And when you’re in pain, you have more stress and more anxiety, and frustration. So you want to know what the answers are, where is it coming from?
First of all, it may not be coming from the cervix. The pelvic area is a complex creature, really. But today, just a couple possible things that are contributing to your pain in the cervix when you’re sitting.
One, the pudendal nerve could be involved. It could be a neuralgia or it could be an entrapment. And again, typically most people say,
“When I sit, I have pain. When I stand up, I have less pain.”
Sometimes if there’s urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence, that could be contributing also. Another possibility is just general tightness in the pelvic floor region or pelvic floor congestion, muscle tightness. It could be one muscle, it could be a general tone. But we as physical therapists, go in internally and assess vaginally to see specifically where that pain is coming from and what’s going on.
Does a muscle need to be relaxed? Stretched? A trigger point treated? There’s a lot of different things but you don’t have to figure that all out.
Another thing that could be contributing to the pain with sitting is actually scar tissue. If you’ve had a vaginal delivery with an episiotomy, and had some tearing, those tissues heal. And as a result, wherever there’s scar tissue, there’s less mobility.
So again, think about where that tear is and if you’re sitting and you’re pulling on that, that can reproduce some of the pain. Sometimes, women are surprised that the pain is actually coming from a different area. And it could be coming from the tailbone or the coccyx. If you’ve had a fall or even childbirth also, this could’ve moved the tailbone or the coccyx. It can be flexed forward, or it can be even deviated to one side or the other, or bent back. That position can impact your sitting as well.
Again, these could be some possible things that are contributing to your pain in the cervix when you’re sitting. Cause it may not be coming from the cervix.
That’s why you need to take the steps, see your healthcare provider.
The OBGYN, family physician, they can rule out other infections or inflammation or STDs or cancer, or do other diagnostic tests.
So what do you need to do? Really keep track of your symptoms. When did they start? Has it been longer than six months? Was it a sudden onset? Gradual? What increases your pains? What decreases your pains? What have you tried to ease the pain? And then, that gives us more information.
The other thing I want to just share with you is a couple stretches that you can do because a lot of times, pelvic pain is connected with tightness on the pelvic floor. So some general stretches are laying on your back, pull one knee to the chest, hold it for about 15 to 20 seconds, repeat three times.
Another one is doing the same exercise but pulling both knees into your chest. Another one you can do is the pigeon stretch where you pull the one knee up and cross the foot over, and lean forward feeling a stretch in the deep buttocks region.
And another one you can do is a rock back where you go on your hands and knees and you try to stretch that butt out way towards the wall behind you, feeling a stretch on the pelvic floor region, opening up that area. And hopefully, reducing some of your discomfort.
Again, stretches should never cause pain, it should just be a pull.
And you should never bounce, it should be just a gentle stretch to that pelvic area. Again, take the steps that you need to to find the healing in your pelvic floor.
::Source : from One Simple Step Today by Heather Mara a pelvic floor physical therapist.
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