What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy is treatment by a Physical or Occupational Therapist for the muscles relating to the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a saddle to support your uterus, bladder and bowel and are integral to their function. These muscles stabilize the trunk and are a base of support for the body, so pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to issues throughout the body. For example, if muscles in the pelvic floor are weak or hypertonic, it can lead to dysfunction such as sexual dysfunction, incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, or low back pain.
Who can benefit from Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Those experiencing the following may benefit from pelvic therapy:
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation or trouble voiding
- Pregnancy related issues including pre and post partum care, diastasis recti, scar management
- Sacroiliac pain
- Tailbone, lower back or hip pain
- Organ prolapse
What is Expected at your first visit?
Your first visit with a pelvic floor therapist will involve a thorough assessment of your medical history and symptoms. This will include an assessment of your posture, hips, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Looking at strength, mobility, and movement patterns can give insight into what may be contributing to your symptoms. The evaluation may also include an internal or external exam.
What is the goal of Pelvic Floor therapy?
Pelvic therapy can reduce pain and discomfort. With the help of your therapist, it can empower individuals with the necessary tools to prevent discomfort from returning in the future.