The role played by Myofascial Therapy (MT) in treating Interstitial Cystitis(IC) was put under test in a recent study which was aimed at comparing this method to others and finding which method was better.
Interstitial Cystitis is classified as a urinary tract infection (UTI) and affects the urinary bladder in both men and women but has a higher impact in women. Though it is usually not life threatening, people are more concerned with the discomfort and embarrassment that comes with it, for instance pain while urinating, sensitivity, and frequent urination. Mild cases normally disappear after a few days even without any medication; however, chronic or severe cases need medical attention to avoid the kidneys from getting infected.
According to the American Urological Association, Interstitial Cystitis (IC) also known as Pelvic Bladder Syndrome (PDS) is defined an unpleasant feeling that is experienced inside the urinary bladder when the lower urinary tract is infected. The sensations are more common in women than in men and affect between 3 to 8 million women in the US alone. The effects are usually felt after a few weeks if they don’t disappear during the first few days.
Treating IC is always a challenge since the symptoms take time to be noticed and vary widely from one person to another. Physicians usually diagnose the infection through exclusion where they pay attention to factors such as stress reduction, food-trigger avoidance, and bladder retracting among other techniques. Unfortunately, these methods don’t always work and they turn to alternative methods such as intravesical drug combinations, pelvic floor physical therapy, antihistamines, and amitriptyline which are commonly used in second-line therapy.
A clinical study was recently carried out on women aged from 18 and 77 years with the intention of ascertaining the role of Myofascial Therapy in treating Interstitial Cystitis. The analysis focused on the effect IC had on women, the rate at which their condition improved, and also comparison between MT and other alternative methods such as global therapeutic massage (GTM) which is considered the standard treatment especially in the west.
The participants were divided into two with one being put under MPT while the other under GTM in a study that was conducted for a period of 12 weeks. Results at the end of the experiment showed that 59% of the women treated through MPT showed marked improvement compared to 26% in the GTM group. 18% in the MPT experienced no changes in the symptoms compared to 43% in the GTM group; however, both groups did expereince an improvement in life quality.