Pelvic Floor - Women's Health Physical Therapy
A large number of people suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction in the United States. Women are more prone to these issues than men. It is estimated that pelvic floor disorders affect about 10% of women ages 20 to 39 and 27% of women ages 40 to 59.
These dysfunctions can range from Incontinence, Pelvic Floor weakness, Pelvic Pain, Bowel Dysfunctions, Lower Back Pain, Hip Pain and Sexual Dysfunctions.
Most women assume that they will have to 'Live with it' and that 'It is normal to have these symptoms'. While it is common to develop dysfunction in the pelvic region, it is not something you need to live with! Most women are not aware that Physical Therapy can help with their symptoms and it is very effective!
Pelvic Floor, like any other area of our body is composed of bones, muscles, ligaments and fascia, along with some vital organs. Dysfunctions in the pelvic floor can therefore create issues in these organs as well. For example, if you have a very tight pelvic floor, you can experience pain with intercourse. Having a weak pelvic floor can also create urinary symptoms like incontinence, prolapse and back pain!
With a thorough assessment, your Physical Therapist will evaluate the muscle imbalances that may exist in the pelvic floor or any fascial restrictions which may be creating your symptoms. With both external and internal (per-vaginal) techniques, these restrictions/ weaknesses can be alleviated, in turn resolving your symptoms. Biofeedback equipment may also be utilized to give you instant feedback on muscle recruitment, strengthening, etc.
Some of the conditions that can be effectively managed with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy are: