Supporting Pelvic Health
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a treatment approach that uses principles of physical therapy to improve the strength and function of pelvic floor muscles while alleviating pain, weakness, and dysfunction.
What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
The pelvic floor muscles are the critical support structures for the vagina, bladder, and intestines. If the pelvic floor is weakened because these structures don't function properly, you may experience urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, back pain, or sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is a discipline of physical therapy that addresses disorders of the pelvic floor, which includes the ring of muscle at the base of the pelvis and tailbone and the muscles between the legs. Proper physical therapy for pelvic floor issues has two goals: strengthening these muscles to improve their supportive role and relieving symptoms related to them functioning improperly.
Who Can Benefit from Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of conditions affecting the pelvic region. Both men and women can benefit from this physical therapy, as it helps to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor and improve control over bladder and bowel function. According to medical experts, physical therapy is recommended as the first line of treatment for patients experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction with a neuromuscular cause, such as age related muscle weakness or damage caused by other illnesses or disorders. Overall, therapeutic exercises targeting the muscles of the pelvis are an important tool in treating many common disorders of the pelvic region.
Conditions Pelvic Floor Therapy can help with:
- Urinary/ Fecal Incontinence
- Pain in genital/ rectal area
- Pain in pelvis
- Prolapsed bladder
- PP and pregnancy wellness
- Interstitial cystitis
How Physical Therapy Can Help Pelvic Floor Pain
A physical therapy assessment for pelvic floor dysfunction usually begins with a thorough history taking. This includes past surgical and medical history, medications, and sexual, gynecologic, or obstetric history. A thorough orthopedic examination is then performed, with close attention to the lumbar spine and hips, gait, and posture. The assessment usually includes evaluation of both internal and external muscles, with patients often asked to stand, walk, and sit to enable the therapist to detect any existing posture or joint issues affecting the pelvic floor muscles. Once the physical therapist has gathered all relevant information, a diagnosis can be made, and treatment can begin. Treatment may include education on pelvic floor muscle exercises, manual therapy techniques and/or electrical stimulation.
Treatment/Techniques can include:
- Pelvic Floor exercises
- Manual therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Vaginal dilators
- Education in at home care and prevention
Why Choose Us?
If you're experiencing pelvic pain, it's important to seek out professional help. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be extremely effective in treating the condition. At Paradigm, our physical therapists have specialized training in pelvis health dysfunction and are able to provide tailored treatment plans. We're proud of our positive outcomes and aim to have a positive effect on all our patients. If you're suffering from pelvic pain, don't hesitate to reach out to us for help.
Did you know?
In the state of Texas you can be evaluated by a physical therapist without a referral from your physician or healthcare professional. Patients can be seen for 15 days without a referral.
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