Physical therapists help patients eliminate symptoms of pain and discomfort as a part of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment a program designed specifically for those experiencing symptoms like pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, perineal pain, tailbone and groin pain, urinary or fecal incontinence and constipation.
These symptoms may be a result of pregnancy and childbirth, infections, chronic low back pain, SI dysfunction, trauma, surgery or generally weakened pelvic muscles, among other causes.
Typically, pelvic floor dysfunction is thought of as an issue that only affects women but in fact, both men and women are susceptible.
How Can A Physical Therapist Help With My Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Therapydia’s Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment helps patients eliminate these symptoms by strengthening weakened muscles and relaxing muscles that may be too tight. Custom exercises are prescribed in order to increase hip and core strength and to provide the necessary tools to eliminate your pelvic pain symptoms.
Click the video below to hear Cami Hatch, DPT, physical therapist at Therapydia Denver, explain pelvic floor dysfunction and how physical therapists can provide the tools necessary to allow you to return to a pain-free life.
- Start on your back, contract the lower abs and lift both legs up to 90 degrees of hip and knee flexion without letting the lower spine come off the table.
- Squeeze the belly button towards the spine and keep the pelvis stable as you tape one heel to the table and bring it back up.
- Alternate legs and make sure that you are not arching through the lower spine.
- Perform this exercise to fatigue.
What If the Problem Is Not Musculoskeletal?
PTs can test to see if incontinence is a result of weakened muscles. If the area is properly strengthened, they’re able to tell that it’s not a musculoskeletal issue. They also look for red flags like signs and symptoms of cancer and listen for things that don’t make sense. Physical therapists are well-trained in recognizing when a condition is outside the scope of their practice and will happily refer you to the appropriate practitioner.
Is There Anything I Can Do To Prevent Pelvic Floor Issues From Happening?
We exercise cardiovascular health why don’t we exercise pelvic health? Women can also educate themselves as much as possible on how their bodies are going to change and react.
Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to treat pelvic floor dysfunction, allowing you to return to a pain-free life, stronger and healthier than ever. After treatment, yoga and Pilates can be a great way to keep up your body and maintain your core as well as anything that has core strengthening while maintaining neutral spine and relaxation techniques can help to maintain the strength that you’ve built up during your PT treatment.
Working with a physical therapist for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can relieve you of your pelvic pain and can give you the tools necessary to eliminate your symptoms and increase your overall pelvic health.