Overview of Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor muscle weakness and tension contribute to pelvic pain and incontinence. Postural and joint alignment problems can prevent your muscles from working optimally for you
Our pelvic floor physical therapists may be able to help you if you're experiencing:
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of bowel control
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying bladder
- Pain during pelvic exams
- Pain with sitting
- Pain with orgasm
- Pain during intercourse
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during or after pregnancy
How Physical Therapy Can Help You
Strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles often helps a person gain better bowel and bladder control. A physical therapist can help you be sure you are doing a Kegel correctly and prescribe a home program to meet your individual needs. Diet modifications can also reduce urinary and fecal incontinence. Bladder re-training can decrease urinary frequency and help you regain control of your bladder.
Pelvic organ prolapse
A physical therapist can assist you in supporting the prolapse with a strong pelvic floor, which may alleviate symptoms of mild to moderate prolapse. A combined pelvic floor and abdominal muscle contraction will help protect your pelvic floor during times of physical stress, preventing prolapse from worsening.
Pelvic pain is often due to tense muscles in the spine and pelvis. Physical therapy that includes manual therapy techniques with or without vaginal dilators, modalities, biofeedback, exercise, posture training and re-education in activities of daily living can greatly reduce or eliminate pelvic pain.
Pain during and after pregnancy
Pregnancy and childbirth can cause overstretching of pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, resulting in low back and pelvic pain. Physical therapy consisting of manual therapy and exercise can relieve pain, help women feel strong again and enjoy motherhood.