What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvic area that supports the organs of the pelvis. Problems in the pelvic floor can occur when muscles are too tight, too loose, or not synchronized appropriately, or with problems with the nerves in the pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a very specialized form of physical therapy that addresses all types of pelvic floor dysfunction through manual therapy, biofeedback, exercise therapy, functional training, and core strengthening.
All pelvic floor physical therapy is accomplished with the help of a specialized physical therapy team, providing personalized care.
What are the Common Disorders that can be Addressed with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Disorders of the pelvic floor are extremely common in both men and women, but patients rarely discuss them, even with their physician. Some common disorders are:
- Lack of bowel or bladder control (incontinence)
- All varieties of pelvic pain, including sexual dysfunction
- Lack of pelvic structural support (pelvic organ prolapse)
- Difficulty with bowel or bladder evacuation
What Will My Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Appointment Look Like?
You will work closely with a team of highly trained physical therapists, assistants, and technicians. The entire goal of your PT team is to determine how various factors are affecting you, and treat those conditions specific to you as an individual. They will work to make a permanent difference in your life by maximizing your pelvic function and minimizing any pain you may be experiencing.