The Treatment of Pelvic Pain with Acupuncture: Part 1


This paper presents an overview of the biomedical model of myofascial pelvic pain (MPP) and its treatment using a Western acupuncture approach. The discussion includes an introduction to the function and anatomy of the pelvic girdle; a definition of pelvic pain, with research that supports the use of acupuncture as an effective intervention in the management of chronic myofascial pelvic pain (CMPP); a clinical reasoning model to assist practitioners in making a correct diagnosis and providing effective intervention for the management of CMPP; a description of the Western acupuncture approach for the deactivation of trigger points within the abdominal wall, pelvic basin and hip; and an exploration of the use of acupuncture in pregnancy-related pelvic pain with relevant support from research trials. Part Two of this paper will be presented in a future issue of this journal, and will demonstrate how the Western and traditional Chinese models of MPP can be integrated. In the opinion of the author, neither model offers all the answers, but the two can be integrated for a successful and sensitive approach to the management of this complex pain state.

 Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons