PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION
Pelvic floor therapy is a personalized treatment program that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by various pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Pelvic floor muscles provide support to organs such as the bladder, bowel, and uterus for women. Factors such as pregnancy and childbirth, frequent straining on the toilet, heavy lifting, age, and obesity can weaken pelvic floor muscles and tissues.
Millions of women suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction, and as many as 50% of women over 50 suffer from some kind of prolapse. Unfortunately, most cases go untreated (especially when related to incontinence).
Many pelvic floor conditions can be healed. Talk to our doctors to find out if pelvic floor therapy is for you.
How Does It Work?
Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause bladder or bowel disorders, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain. Conditions include:
- Bowel and bladder issues
- Painful sex or inability to engage in vaginal penetration
- Pain of vulva (vulvodynia)
- Aches and pains (involving abdomen, back, hips, etc.)
Weak pelvic muscles can also cause serious conditions such as bladder or uterine prolapse, where organs “drop” into the vaginal wall.
Several pelvic floor issues can be alleviated and healed without surgery. Pelvic floor therapy allows patients suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction to understand the symptoms associated with the condition. Pelvic floor therapists design a personalized program to strengthen muscles and re-establishes the muscle’s capacity to stabilize and support the body.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor therapy can treat various problems related to pelvic floor dysfunctions. Physical therapy will help relieve pain and strengthen muscles.
Pelvic floor therapy benefits include:
- Improved control over urinary incontinence
- Improved control over bowel movements
- Ability to engage in vaginal penetration
- Reduced urge to urinate and frequency of urination
- Reduced pain during intercourse
- Reduced overall aches and pains
- Reduced risk of prolapse
- Significant improvement in quality of life
Pelvic floor therapy can restore your body’s health and wellness. Find out if physical therapy is the solution for you!
The Pelvic Floor Therapy Treatment Process
Pelvic physical therapists at the Elna Sexual Wellness Center are experts at creating effective treatment plans for pelvic pain and other pelvic floor dysfunctions. Our licensed physical therapists have specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction and are fully committed to our clients’ comfort and wellbeing.
Treatment includes manual therapy (internal and external), augmented with other methods (biodfeedback, electrical stimulation, etc.).
Our pelvic physical therapists are aware that talking about very personal (and sometimes upsetting) intimate matters can be difficult for many people, and are able to help clients feel comfortable quickly. A large part of the first session is dedicated to help clients feel at ease and understand how pelvic floor therapy can help.
A thorough assessment is needed to adequately predict how long treatment will take. Your PT will provide you with an estimated recovery timeline after the first or second session, although rehabilitation plans may be revised as you progress in the treatment. Depending on your condition, you may need to schedule frequent visits at first, but appointments will decrease over time as you get better.
No, you can refer yourself. If you have private insurance that covers physiotherapy services, you may wish to obtain a referral. If you do not have a doctor who can refer you, we can arrange for you to meet with one of our urologists who can provide a referral.
In some cases, physical therapists may need to conduct an internal exam for assessment and treatment. If pain or discomfort is too high, the internal exam may be postponed. Although working “internally” may be the best way to treat the problem, it is important that clients feel comfortable with the process, and discuss any concerns they might have with their PT.
Physical therapists evaluate pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue structures, rather than evaluating organs or systems. Physical therapists are generally very sensitive to clients’ needs, and will do their best to minimize any pain or discomfort.
What You Can Expect
The first appointment:
The greater part of your first visit with a pelvic physical therapist will feel much like the most personal conversation you have ever had. You will be invited to discuss your journey since your first signs of pelvic pain or pelvic floor dysfunction. Your PT will ask you about your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle, and ask personal questions involving bowel movements, urination, and sexual intercourse. Understandably, some clients may feel some hesitation about discussing such intimate matters. However, pelvic floor therapists are trained to be sensitive and will spend a lot of time putting you at ease.
The PT will then want to evaluate your posture, hips, and back, and may need to complete an internal examination as well.
During your first visit, your PT should be able to give you some initial advice and instruction about your condition. However, you should expect a more complete treatment plan after the second visit. Treatment plans may change as you progress over time, as healing is not always predictable.
Throughout the therapy, your PT may also prescribe you pelvic floor exercises to do at home, or may set specific treatment goals for you to work on. We highly recommend that you collaborate with your therapist in order to increase your chances for fast and successful rehabilitation.
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