The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvis that work in coordination with our core musculature to provide support, stability, sphincter control, and sexual appreciation. Men, women, and children have pelvic floor musculature and therefore can benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy when indicated.
What are common pelvic floor symptoms?
The most common pelvic floor symptoms are related to urinary, bowel, or sexual function.
- Urinary symptoms may include leakage, urgency, hesitancy, and bladder, urethral, or vaginal pain
- Bowel symptoms may include constipation, incontinence, straining, and rectal pain
- Sexual symptoms may include painful intercourse, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, lower back pain, erectile dysfunction, and testicular or penile pain or numbness
Due to the close proximity of the low back to the pelvic region, patients who are experiencing core weakness, persistent back, hip, or groin pain may have an underlying pelvic floor condition. It is also very common for people to experience a combination of these symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like more information regarding pelvic floor physical therapy, please contact us for a free consultation.
What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a non-surgical approach to treating dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pain complaints.
- We use an integrated approach to treating pelvic floor dysfunction. Treatment may include behavioral strategies, patient education, manual therapy, bio-feedback, modalities, therapeutic exercise, and functional re-training.
Many times people with pelvic floor symptoms may feel embarrassed to discuss their sexual, urinary, or bowel issues with their provider as they have been taught to “live with it” or that their symptoms are “a normal part of aging”.
Physical therapy can provide understanding, education, effective treatment, and relief of pelvic floor symptoms. We will also help you develop a home exercise program in order to maintain gains made in therapy for a healthy, active lifestyle following treatment.
We can help you with
- Orthopedic injuries
- Sports injuries
- MDT (Mechanical Diagnostic Treatment – spinal disc injuries)
- Pelvic Health for Women and Men (see blog)
- Body Rolling (see blog)
- Dry Needling
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Mindfulness training
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Gait analysis/custom foot orthotics
- Nutritional support
- Spinal mobilization/manipulation
- Soft tissue treatments
- Myofascial release techniques
- Negative Pressure Therapy (Cupping)
- Scar mobilization
- IASTYM (Augmented soft tissue mobilization, ie “torture with tools!”)