Interstitial cystitis (IC) also known as painful bladder syndrome is a difficult condition that affects mainly women but can also affect men. The condition is chronic and presents symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Each person’s response is different, however those who take measures to address bladder irritants through their diet and who seek out complementary alternative medicine with their treatment, find that there is a reduction in their symptoms. Here is how massage therapy can help those suffering from IC/PBS.


The bladder is a hollow and muscular organ. It expands as it holds our urine until it’s full, signalling our brain to release it. As the bladder expands during this process, pelvic nerves signal the brain that the bladder is full and ready to remove waste.

However, a person who has IC/PBS has trouble with their pelvic nerve signals – as they get mixed up. This can make a person feel like they need to urinate frequently because of pressure on their bladder. Those with IC/PBS also urinate in small volumes often with pain and difficulty.

Massage Therapy

Aside from bladder pressure and pain, those with IC/PBS suffer from pelvic pain regularly as well. Physical therapy is often the go-to treatment for this symptom. Realigning the sacrum and ilium helps to restore normal tension to the pelvic floor which often tenses abnormally causing pain.

A study by the National Institute of Health showed that 94% of people with IC who had significant pelvic floor dysfunction saw a significant improvement in their pain with manual therapy, myofascial massage therapy and muscle-energy techniques along with a home exercise regimen.

By working with myofascial trigger points in the external pelvic region, your massage therapist can release the pain and tension in the area to improve it in the long run. Nobody should live in fear about their pain and massage therapy’s healing properties will make a true difference to your treatment process. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment!