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7 Alternative Treatment Options for Endometriosis Symptoms
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What are some alternative treatment options for treating endometriosis?
There are a wide variety of treatment options for endometriosis, including both traditional and alternative choices. From working with an endometriosis specialist
to trying outside the box treatments, it can take some time and effort to find an option that will meet your needs. Surgery is not for everyone, nor are alternative options.
Before choosing a treatment plan, it can be helpful to keep a detailed symptom diary
. Your symptom diary can help you and your medical providers see which symptoms affect you and your quality of life. This information allows you to work together to choose a treatment option which will manage your symptoms effectively.
Below is a list of 7 different alternative treatment options which you may find helpful. There are many other options from around the world that you can also consider if one of these does not work for you. Whatever you choose, it is important that you find a licensed practitioner with skills and experience applying the method specifically to endometriosis.
1. Pelvic floor physical therapy.
Endometriosis can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD)
by causing your pelvic floor muscles to tighten and spasm. In addition, endometriosis can allow for the formation of adhesions
which can bind organs and tissues together. The adhesions can also shorten over time causing pain as they pull and displace your pelvic organs. A pelvic floor physical therapist can help by breaking up these adhesions and freeing the connecting tissues and organs. In addition, pelvic floor physical therapy
can be used to help strengthen and relax your pelvic floor. You could also learn breathing and relaxation exercises, posture tips, and gentle stretching exercises from your physical therapist.
Some women have found pain relief though acupuncture which uses thin needles inserted in strategic areas of the body. Your practitioner may also suggest other types of acupuncture besides needles and may suggest various herbal remedies to use along with your treatment. For the best results, be sure to choose a licensed practitioner who has successfully treated other women with endometriosis.
Naturopathy uses a combination of treatments considered to be natural methods of healing to tailor a plan for you. Your naturopathic doctor may recommend nutritional and lifestyle changes combined with herbal medicines, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, exercise, and massage to treat your specific symptoms from a whole body perspective.
Biofeedback is a treatment that allows you to control your body's functions by focusing on subtle changes. This can allow you to control your body's reaction to pain as well as implement relaxation techniques to try to prevent or manage pain.
Homeopathy treats conditions with the belief that like cures like. When determining a remedy, homeopathy considers your psychological, emotional, and physical makeup. Working with a health-care provider who practices homeopathy can help you determine the best products for you.
Osteopathy follows a holistic approach and considers that the body functions as a whole. Your lifestyle and environmental situation can be combined with manual manipulation and traditional medicine strategies to create an osteopathy treatment plan that’s best for you.
Emotional and mental anguish can cause or contribute to pelvic pain in women. Working with a professional counselor can be a way to work through any issues you may have which could be affecting your pelvic pain. In addition, a counselor could help effectively manage your feelings about your endometriosis and the pain it causes so that any feelings of anger, depression, sadness, etc. about your diagnosis don’t worsen your physical pain.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
03-03-2015 - 03:31 PM
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