Pelvic Pain Treatments You Can Use In Combination With Pain Relievers

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen tend to be a good starting point for alleviating pelvic pain. However, they are not always 100% effective. If you find yourself with some lingering pain even after taking pain relievers, here are some additional treatments you can safely turn to.

Pressure Point Therapy

Pressure point therapy is a bit like acupuncture, but it does not involve needles and you can safely perform it on yourself. It works by triggering certain nerves that are related to pain in certain areas of the body — in this case, your pelvis. A great pressure point to ease pelvic pain is on the inside of your ankle, just behind the round, bony prominence. Press into this area with your thumb, holding the press for about 10 seconds. Release, and then press a little harder for 10 seconds. Release again, and press even harder for a final 10 seconds. You should feel your pelvic pain melt away as you press on the pressure point. The pain may come back again in an hour or two, but you can just re-apply pressure at that point.

Magnesium Supplements

Many cases of pelvic pain are caused or made worse by magnesium deficiency, which is really common. Magnesium plays an important role in muscle contraction, and without enough magnesium, your muscles are more likely to cramp — including the muscles in your pelvis. You can pop a magnesium supplement when you're experiencing pelvic pain, and you should notice the pain dissipate. Talk to your doctor about possibly taking magnesium supplements on a daily basis, as this can help prevent pelvic pain from arising in the first place.

Heating Pads

Another option is to apply a heating pad to the sore area. This can help loosen up your muscles and stop them from cramping. Most heating pads have a couple of different settings. The high setting is generally best as this helps ensure the heat penetrates further into your pelvic area. Don't use the heating pad for more than 30 minutes at a time, and make sure you have a cool drink nearby while using it. After you take the pad off, doing some gentle exercise, like walking, can help keep your pelvic area loose and pain-free.

Following these tips should help alleviate pelvic pain, but do be sure to talk to your doctor about the pain, too. There may be an underlying condition that needs treatment.

To learn more about pelvic pain treatments, contact a doctor.