Yoga is helpful for healing chronic pelvic pain. It can empower you to manage your pelvic pain and improve daily function by improving the health of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
Yoga decreases the fight or flight response by decreasing the overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Because pain is an output of the nervous system, retraining the brain is crucial. The use of pranayama, or breath work, is particularly helpful.
Yoga increases pliability of tissues, increasing flexibility in the myofascial attachments to the pelvis.
Yoga helps people cue in to what is a pain-free range of motion by working with body awareness. It is crucial for us to retrain the brain that movement will not hurt and rewrite over the previous brain scripts.
Yoga helps integrate the mind, body and spirit. People who experience chronic pain often disassociate from the body part that is disrupting their life. A yoga practice helps renew the relationship with the physical body.