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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: An Introduction

posted on December 21st, 2015 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The Pelvic Floor is the muscular base of the abdomen, attached to the pelvis. Both men and women have a Pelvic Floor. These muscles and the tissues surrounding them function to support the pelvic organs and keep them in place – you can visualize them as a hammock or a sling which cradles the pelvic organs. In women, the pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. In men, the pelvic organs include the prostate, bladder, rectum, and seminal vesicles. The Pelvic Floor muscles help these organs operate, and also play a vital role in sexual function.

The Pelvic Floor consists of three muscle layers:

  • Transverse Abdominals: The deepest and lowest abdominal muscles.
  • Multifidi: The deepest spine muscles.
  • Iliopsoas: Deep fibers of the anterior hip muscles.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is the disruption of bladder, bowel, or sexual function due to restrictions of the muscles and nerves of the lower abdominal and pelvic areas. Often these various disorders can result in pain, pressure, or discomfort in the rectum, bladder, vagina, penis, sacrum (lowest part of the spine), or coccyx (tailbone). People with pelvic floor disorders may experience urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate, painful urination or incomplete emptying of the bladder, constipation, straining or pain during bowel movements, and/or pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can have a significant impact on quality of life. Many people with pelvic health issues feel embarrassed to discuss their sexual, urinary, or bowel problems, but don’t realize that their symptoms can be resolved – usually without surgery. Talking with a compassionate Pelvic Floor Specialist can help you understand your diagnosis, and provide you with effective pelvic floor therapy. At Tigard Physical Therapy, our goal is to help you return to a normal lifestyle and the activities that you love.

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