The pelvic floor consists of a group of muscles that form a hammock across your pelvic opening/area between your legs. Normally, these muscles and the tissues surrounding them keep the pelvic organs in place. The pelvic floor organs include your bladder, uterus, vagina, prostate, small bowel and rectum. When the pelvic floor is functioning optimally its support of the aforementioned organs helps us with urine and fecal continence, aids in sexual function as well as improves core stability.
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
Dysfunction occurs when the pelvic floor is not functioning properly such that patients may experience bouts of urine or fecal incontinence (leakage), sexual problems, erectile dysfunction, as well as pain in their pelvis, bladder, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, scrotum, penis, rectum and perineum. Pelvic floor dysfunction can result after disuse, surgery, infection, childbirth, posture, improper or heavy lifting, sports, and trauma resulting in the pelvic floor muscular becoming weak, tight or spastic.
Who gets pelvic floor physical therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy includes treatment for men and women with urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency/frequency of urination, burning with urination, pain with intercourse, ejaculation and/or pain in the pelvic region. Pelvic region pain includes pain in the abdominals, buttocks, pelvic floor, tailbone, vagina, rectum, penis or testicles.
What is pelvic floor physical therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation includes a subjective review of your symptoms and medical history, muscle assessment for strength and flexibility and postural assessment. Pelvic floor treatment includes internal and external myofascial release, muscle strengthening, neuromuscular education/muscle coordination training, relaxation techniques, diaphragmatic breathing, posture training, joint mobilizations, home exercise program prescription to improve overall function.
How long will pelvic floor rehab take?
Each patient’s plan of care is developed to address each individual patient’s needs and goals as determined by the patient and evaluating therapist.
What type of physical therapist treats pelvic floor patients?
Our pelvic floor therapists have gained their expertise through a series of post-graduate continuing education courses, certifications and training. Their coursework allows them to perform effective internal and external pelvic floor muscle assessments and treatments.