Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Is A Common Condition
where women are unable to correctly relax and coordinate their pelvic floor muscles during urination or bowel movements. The condition is a common source of pelvic pain, pain during sex, urinary incontinence, bowel issues, and other frustrations. In order to accurately diagnose this issue, we begin by assessing the state of a woman’s reproductive health. This includes any previous issues that may indicate pelvic floor dysfunction. For example, experiencing pain during sex, frequent urinary tract infections, difficulty inserting tampons, and more. We may also perform a pelvic exam. Once a diagnosis is made, we will discuss all available treatment options to determine the best path for each woman we see.
Pelvic Floor Therapy FAQs
In some cases, we may utilize biofeedback technology to gauge the strength, contour, and activity of the muscles in the pelvic floor area. Once this information is collected, the patient will begin a regimen of specific exercises designed to encourage relaxation and strengthening of the muscles in this area. In some cases, we may use a massage-like technique known as myofascial release to help stretch the muscles and bones in the pelvic region.
Although the precise causes of pelvic floor dysfunction are still unknown, there are some known factors to be aware of including traumatic injuries in the pelvic area, pregnancy, pelvic surgery, strain of the pelvic muscles, being overweight, and advanced age.
In many cases this will not be a problem. There are many aspects to pelvic floor therapy, both physical and mental, that do not involve intra-vaginal work. We will discuss all of this at the pre-treatment consultation appointment.