Bladder Pain | Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy

Painful Bladder 

OR INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS

“How to Minimize Pelvic Pain and Urinary Symptoms Associated with IC or PBS - Best Practices Revealed”

If you’re suffering from urinary frequency and burning that feels like you might have a bladder infection but antibiotics don’t seem to make it better OR you have pelvic pain and pressure that keeps you from living your life, you may be one of the 12 million Americans suffering from a condition called Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis.

There’s no obvious reason why it happened - but it doesn’t seem to be getting better—despite taking antibiotics or pain killers!

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone - and we hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, Bladder Painful Syndrome (BPS) is a condition that we are expert in helping you learn to manage.

And when it comes to living with Interstitial Cystitis (IC), everybody we see wants to know

“Why is This Happening to Me?”...

Most women think, I have burning pain and frequency, I must have a UTI. But antibiotics don’t help and then tests come back showing no infection at all. Other women suffer from life-stopping pelvic pain and pressure—that literally leaves them unable to get up and take care of themselves.

In the past, women were told it’s all in your head…you’re hysterical…

But now, women are being diagnosed sooner and getting the help they deserve to manage this chronic condition.

Does That Sound Like You?

Another scenario we see all the time in our physical therapy clinic is when women are given information about managing IC/PBS which includes a LOT of information about “self-care”.

But when you are in pain, it’s hard to know where to start

and it seems like too much

It’s overwhelming

And women, become more frustrated, sad, angry—wanting someone to guide them and tell them what to do.

Has This Type of Thing Happened to You?

How can I sleep when I have to pee several times an hour?

My co-workers don’t believe me when I tell them I am in pain…I look “normal” to them.

And there’s lots of people out there who are happy to dispense advice - but not all of it is credible.

Have you heard:

  • You’re just uptight, you need to relax?
  • Try drinking less coffee?
  • Exercise more?
  • Exercise less?

If you don’t know what you’re doing – living with IC/BPS can be very confusing and because of this, many women just end up accepting it as ‘part of life’ - as if it’s normal, and ‘just the way it is’.

Do You Feel That Way Too?

If You’re Currently Living Bladder Pain Syndrome, Here’s 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

  • You thought it would go away on its own - but it didn’t.
  • You went to the Doctor who told you to rest and take antibiotics - but the pills did nothing to help your bladder pain.
  • A family member, or friend, told you that the doctors aren’t finding anything “wrong” so you should just accept it.
  • You tried other healthcare professionals, or a physical therapist in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.
  • You tried YouTube exercises but they either didn’t do a thing, or made your pelvic pain ten times worse.
  • You thought it would be a good idea to rest because you pain was so bad, but all that did was make it feel even more stiff and tight.
  • You decided to get a few “massages” hoping that would fix the pain, but all they did was feel nice and relaxing, and didn’t do anything to fix it long term…

If any of these have happened to you - we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our physical therapists to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work - you are closer to finding the thing that does!

Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for the best.

“What Can I Do to Manage MY Pelvic Pain Quickly?”...

Well, here's 4 things you can do:

  • First off, you need to make a decision about getting help. So many people procrastinate for so long, hoping that the pain will ‘just go away with time’, but then 6 months down the line they’re still putting up with it, and nothing’s changed… Or it gets worse
  • Next, do the RIGHT exercises - one of the best things to help you ease your pelvic pain is to do the right series of progressed exercises - the right exercises given to you by a physical therapist will help reduce pain, and allow you to move freely.
  • Avoid sitting and long periods of rest - ever tried to get up from the sofa after resting for a while, but you struggle because your pelvis feels so painful and tight? That’s because one of the worst things you can do that adds to pelvic pain is rest, and sitting for long periods of time. Too much rest, and sitting in awkward positions makes your pelvis stiff and tight. It would really help if you were given appropriate strengthening exercises for better posture, alongside hands-on treatment, to get you active and healthy as quickly as possible.
  •  Get real, “hands-on” physical therapy - Physical Therapy is proven to help people with Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Pain Syndrome. In fact, at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy, it’s a condition that we are expert in helping women learn to manage. If your pelvic pain is affecting your job, your ability to keep active, if it threatens your independence or gets in the way of spending quality time with family and friends - physical therapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.

If you would like to know how the physical therapy team at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy in Falls Church can help you live with Interstitial Cystitis - we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment at our clinic:

Note: This Free Taster Session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about physical therapy - unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a free taster session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk on your part.

So the next question is:

“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy Help You Manage Your Pelvic Pain and Urinary Symptoms - In the Next Few Days?”

Here’s just a few of the things our Physical Therapy team can do for you:

  • We can help take away the pain and stiffness - often inside a couple of sessions.
  • We can help you find out what’s really going on, and help you develop and stick with a plan to manage your worse symptoms.
  • Pain and Getting up multiple times at night can “zap” you of energy and limit a peaceful night’s sleep - we can help you to enjoy sleeping at night and living with more energy each day.
  • We can help you manage the amount of painkillers you need so you feel less groggy and ready to face the day.
  • We can help you get back to enjoying quality time with family and friends that pelvic pain and urinary frequency has stolen from you.
  • We can help you to finally get a good night’s sleep without tossing and turning trying to find that one position that feels right.
  • We can help you to sit more comfortably and walk longer than 15 minutes without your pelvis feeling weak and painful or like it is going to “give-way”...

Basically, we can help you get back to living life free from the curse of chronic pelvic pain

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physical therapy clinic in Falls Church, then please just click the button below and complete the short form:


“Find Out How People Just Like You, Came to Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy - and Left Happier and Much Healthier!”

Please enjoy watching stories of other people just like you who came to see the physical therapy team at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy - and left much healthier and happier:

Lynda C.

"Nancy has been a change agent for me. She taught me about the important relationship between the urinary tract and bowels and that helping one improves the health of the other. She taught me exercises which I do daily to improve my need to constantly urinate. Nancy is extraordinarily gentle and effective."

Kate R.

"Nancy is very compassionate about your pain, and is very skilled at releasing painful muscle and myofascial issues. I have had a lot of recurring problems with my SI Joint and pelvic muscles and Nancy has always been willing to keep working on those areas until the pain is resolved."

Rachel M.

I haven't looked back since I was referred to Nancy by another physical therapist who said she was the best around for my “gut issues”.  She was absolutely right - following rectal cancer and the attendant surgeries, my gut has struggled to behave consistently.   Nancy has helped me immeasurably, her visits keeping my abdomen on an even keel.