Pelvic Floor Therapy
When is Pelvic floor therapy recommended? What can it help?
If you have conditions associated with the following:
During pregnancy, and after childbirth
Back Pain or sciatica
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Scarring (C-section, episiotomy, tearing)
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
What is the Pelvic floor?
Think of it as a hammock of support that starts at the pubic bone, spreads across to the sit bones (ischial tuberosities), and ends at the tailbone (coccyx). The urethra, vagina, and rectum are supported by the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles can sag and lose their ligamentous support, resulting in pelvic organ prolapse, or descent. The pelvic floor muscles can also become short and painful, often in response to negative sensations resulting from a urinary tract infection or postmenopausal changes in estrogen levels that affect vaginal health.
How can Physical Therapy help with this?
We have had training in pelvic floor therapy as part of the Myofascial Release training program. Our therapists can evaluate the condition of your pelvic floor muscles to determine if they are weak, tight, or in spasm. We are happy to share solutions for problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and will work with your physician or other health care provider if you would like.