The term Pelvic Health refers to treatment for men and women of all ages who experience symptoms affecting bladder, bowel, and/or sexual function due to pelvic floor muscles that may be tight, weak, or spastic.
At the bottom of your pelvis, there is a group of muscles that work to control and coordinate bladder and bowel function, aid in sexual function, and provide stability to the pelvic girdle and your core. This group of muscles is called the pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor can become affected during or after pregnancy/delivery, after surgery, due to other injury/trauma, or due to lifestyle factors or disease processes, especially those involving the bladder, bowel, or reproductive systems.
You may benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy, if you have answer “yes” to any of these questions:
- Do you have an increased frequency of urination?
- Do you experience leakage or loss of control of urine, stool, or gas?
- Do you have difficulty emptying your bladder or bowels?
- Are you constipated or need to strain with bowel movements?
- Do you have pain with bowel movements?
- Do you experience pain during or after intercourse?
- Are there any changes in sexual function?
- Do you have pain with gynecological exams or tampon use?
- Are your periods painful?
- Do you have worsening pain or feelings of instability during pregnancy or after delivery?
- Do you have pain in the abdomen, hip, low back, or tailbone?
Are you living with any of these conditions? While they are common, these symptoms are not normal and you do not have to endure them each day.
How can Physical Therapy Help?
Pelvic floor physical therapy assesses the pelvic floor muscles, and other closely related structures, looking for reproduction of symptoms, restrictions, tightness, or weakness. From this assessment, an individualized treatment plan will be created to address your specific needs. The source of your symptoms will be targeted to improve quality of life. Pelvic floor physical therapy may also assist in many phases of healthcare from preventative measures, conservative management of a diagnosis, post-operative care, or post-injury/symptom onset.
If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, you may be a candidate for pelvic floor physical therapy. Contact your primary care provider and receive an appointment referral or contact the Physical Therapy Department at Medical Associates directly at 563-584-4465.