5 Ways Physical Therapy Helps Your Sex Life
Physical and emotional intimacy is almost as necessary as food and water. Sexuality helps fulfill the vital need for human connection. Intercourse is a natural and healthy part of living, as well as an important aspect of your identity as a person. Abstaining from intercourse from your partner secondary to pain is not a necessary part of life. Here are 5 ways that the physical therapists can help with your sex life.
1. Just like any muscle in the body our pelvic floor can have “knots” or “trigger points” or fascial adhesions. With or without penetration these spots can cause pain that is localized to that area or will radiate to areas like the hip, down the leg, or in the low back.
2. Different positions need a certain level of flexibility. Lacking hip, knee, and back range of motion may lead to pain or injury when in various positions.
3. Physical pain can lead to decreased libido. Alternatively, certain medications, particularly pain medications, may cause sexual problems. The Mayo Clinic states, “Some medicines diminish sex drive (libido) or inhibit sexual function by causing changes in your nervous system. Drugs may also affect blood flow and hormones, which are two important factors in sexual response.” Physical therapy can address the underlying cause of why there is musculoskeletal pain
4. Weak pelvic floor and weak abdominal strength can inhibit or lessen ability to have a pleasurable experience.
5. In the postpartum time frame our ligaments are at a different tension than what our body is used to. This can cause unstable joints in our backs. With intercourse this can magnify the forces on the back and cause injury or pain. With strengthening and stability exercises we can help prevent injuries.
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