What is pelvic floor physical therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy addresses problems occuring with your muscles, joints, connective tissue, and nerves that create symptoms in the bladder, bowel, or pelvis.
Who can benefit from pelvic floor therapy?
- Incontinence- involuntary loss of urine or stool resulting from loss of pelvic muscular support for the bladder, uterus, or rectum.
- Example: leaking urine on the way to the bathroom or leakage of urine that occurs during coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, or lifting
- Pelvic organ prolapse- pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, intestines, and rectum) start to slip down into the vagina.
- Example: feeling of increased pelvic pressure, or sensation of pelvic organs slipping down or falling out
- Chronic pelvic pain
- This may include dyspareunia (painful intercourse), interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), or levator ani syndrome (a group of deep muscles in the pelvis become too tight or don’t relax).
- Pre and postpartum - therapy for during or after pregnancy
- Example: low back pain, diastasis recti (seperation of the abdominal wall), pain with scars (episiotomy or cesarean section), poor posture or body mechanics
What to expect during therapy?
After a one-on-one thorough evaluation, treatment may include activities such as improving mobility of restricted abdominal organs, correcting areas of muscle weakness, muscle imbalances, muscle tightness, or education on proper toileting habits.