Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor therapy aims to treat pelvic floor muscles related problems, by helping the muscles to work properly. Depending on the underlying problem, the pelvic floor muscles may need strengthening or relaxing.
Are pelvic floor disorders common?
At least 1/3 of all women will experience a pelvic floor disorder. This condition affects not only older women; it can also occur in the younger female population and athletes. Pelvic floor disorders can also occur in men.
What are Pelvic Floor Muscles?
The pelvic floor is composed of muscles and other tissues that form a sling inside the body, from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Problems with pelvic floor muscles can lead to symptoms like:
- Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
- Frequent urination
- Urgent need to go to the bathroom.
- Inability to control stool (stool incontinence)
- Pain during intercourse
- Pelvic pain or pressure
Is pelvic health therapy just Kegels?
Definitely not! Kegels refer to the contraction of the pelvic floor muscles. This is often what women are told to perform if they are experiencing incontinence. However, usually the function of their muscles is not evaluated, so “Kegels” may not be the appropriate treatment option.
Pelvic Floor Therapy Modalities
“One size does NOT fit all”, management of pelvic floor disorder is different for each case. It may include:
- Home exercise programs to strengthen the pelvic floor
- Pelvic floor muscle coordination training
- Bladder training
- Dietary modifications and lifestyle changes
- Biofeedback to improve muscle contraction and relaxation
- Electrical stimulation of pelvic floor
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
You will need a prescription from your treating physician for the initial pelvic floor evaluation. Talk to your doctor to see if pelvic health therapy is right for you.