Pain in the abdomen or bladder is often harder to put your finger on than aches and pains in the hip or spine.  In our abdominal cavity we have multiple organs and muscles in a relatively close area.  This is why it may be hard to identify the exact cause of your discomfort. The pain could also be due to diagnoses of dysfunction in the stomach, bowels or bladder.  Many symptoms of Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, endometriosis and other organ-based diagnoses can be exacerbated by stress, musculoskeletal dysfunction, or environmental factors.  Abdominal pain may be the result of a recent surgery or procedure that left stubborn scars and sensitive skin.

If a physician has reassured you there is no medical cause, but you are still in pain physical therapy may be able to help.

You do not have to live with abdominal or bladder pain.  Gentle myofascial techniques and soothing exercises can help manage your symptoms and get you back to doing what you love without pain.


by:  Anne Shea